Govt not concealing evidence on Easter Attacks, says Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister

Govt not concealing evidence on Easter Attacks, says Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister

Govt not concealing evidence on Easter Attacks, says Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister

Written by Zulfick Farzan

21 Feb, 2022 | 9:43 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC said the government has no control over how evidence is led with regard to the cases filed over the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

“Cases are filed by the Attorney General’s Department and the leading of evidence is an independent act by the Attorney General,” he told reporters on Sunday (20).

He said the main case is yet to be taken up for trial and it is the judiciary that must act independently on these cases.

The Justice Minister also dismissed claims that the government was concealing evidence from the prosecution, however, there are some documents only with the Attorney General and the President as they relate to national security.

“The President will decide if those documents need to be disclosed,” he told reporters, adding that the Presidential Commission itself had requested for the documents to be considered before disclosing them.

However, those documents do not relate to evidence concealment, said the Justice Minister.

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