By Saman Indrajith
Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, yesterday, making a special statement expressed his gratitude to the parliament staff and his fellow committee members for their support for conducting a special session to record the testimony of State Intelligence Service Chief Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena.
The SDIG had been questioned for around four hours at a separate location from 8 to 11 pm on Wednesday, Chairman Kumarsiri said.
The session had not been open to the media as per a committee decision that Jayawardena should not be photographed or shown on television, Chairman Kumarasiri said.
He said that he had not been able to attend the entire session and thanked Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne for chairing the session after he had left early.
The Chairman said that all other committee members had attended the session and thanked them for that.
“I must specially thank the parliament staff members without whose support, the session could not have been a success.”According to parliament sources SDIG Jayawardena made his testimony in the former Agriculture Ministry building near parliament. The building was a property belonging to Parliament.
According to PSC sources SIS Chief Jayawardena indicated that he received the intelligence reports of the impending attacks. Our source said: “He had lot more information than what was made known in media and has gathered some more after the attacks. He said that he had conveyed to the then National Intelligence Chief Sisira Mendis information about the attack. Asked whether he had warned the President, the witness had remained noncommittal. Most probably he would be summoned before the PSC again.
“The committee members are planning to go through the transcript of SDIG Jayawardena’s testimony.
“Some PSC members left the session early knowing that the SDIG would be summoned before the PSC again and they would again have the opportunity to question him.”