APRIL ATTACKS PCoI OFFICIALLY CONCLUDES RECORDING EVIDENCE

APRIL ATTACKS PCoI OFFICIALLY CONCLUDES RECORDING EVIDENCE

APRIL ATTACKS PCoI OFFICIALLY CONCLUDES RECORDING EVIDENCE

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

27 Jan, 2021 | 12:23 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the 2019 April 21st Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka, officially concluded the recording of evidence on Tuesday (26) night.

The final witness who provided evidence to the PCoI was Ex-Chief of the Criminal Investigations Department Shani Abeysekera, who is held in remand custody.

The Commissioners on Tuesday (26) night announced the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry would be wound up at 04 PM on Wednesday (28).

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the 2019 April 21st Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka will be handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the 31st of January.

The five-member Presidential Commission was appointed by Former President Maithripala Sirisena, via an extraordinary gazette issued on 21st September 2019 to probe the series of bomb attacks carried out in the country on 21st April 2019.

The Police Unit at the Presidential Commission that commenced investigations on 31st October 2019, has recorded evidence from 1570 witnesses, where more than 437 of the witnesses provided evidence before the Presidential Commission.

The final report of the Presidential Commission was due in six months, that is on 20th March 2020; however, the official term of the commission was extended twice, with the final extension on the official term coming to an end on 31st January 2021.

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