Posted on 09.06.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The President’s Lawyer, Anuja Premarathna who appears on behalf of former secretary to Defense Ministry, Hemasiri Fernando, informed to the High Court that the former secretary to Defense Ministry, Hemasiri Fernando have not been informed about any sort of possible Easter attack prior to it has happened.
For further explaining to the High Court, the lawyer said that the National Intelligence Service reports the defense secrets strait away to the President not to the Defense Secretary.
Accusing the violation of fundamental rights without getting necessary steps to thwart the Easter Sunday massacre, 12 fundamental rights petitions were taken to be considered by seven High Court Judges against several high profile officers including the former defense secretary and the former IGP.
But, just after the Easter Sunday attack, the former Defense Secretary, Hemasiri Fernando revealed to the media that he was well aware about the attack but he would not speculate that it would have been that much brutal attack. When he was summoned before the Parliament Selective Committee, he happened to say that he knew about the Easter Sunday attack but did not want to inform to the President because the President gets the defense intelligence news directly from the National Intelligence Service.