Seychelles/June 4, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/128 views /Seychelles Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacksshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel A Sri Lankan policeman stands guard as Catholic devotees take part in a remembrance ceremony in front of St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo on May 21, 2019, a month after a series of deadly Easter Sunday blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels. Hundreds of Catholics prayed outside the bombed St Anthony’s Church in Colombo on May 21, marking one month since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) Photo license Purchase photo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s suspended police chief has petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people. In a 20-page complaint, Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara disclosed serious communication gaps between intelligence agencies and security arms of the government, all which fall under Sirisena. In the petition submitted to court last week and seen by AFP Sunday, Jayasundara said the country’s premier spy agency, the State Intelligence Service (SIS), ordered him last year to stop ongoing police investigations into Islamic militants. ALSO READ New law in Seychelles protects dogs, seeks to prevent strays beginning in SeptemberThe SIS, which reports directly to Sirisena, wanted the police Terrorist Investigation Department to stop all inquiries into extremist Muslim factions, including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), which was blamed for the Easter Sunday bombings. Jayasundara said the head of the SIS, Nilantha Jayawardena, did not take seriously the intelligence shared by neighbouring India which warned of an impending attack by the NTJ. Jayasundara said despite the SIS not sharing information warnings with the police department, he had initiated action to alert his senior men, but he had no input from the main spy agency. Sirisena suspended Jayasundara after he refused to accept responsibility for the deadly attacks. The Attorney General has asked for a full bench of the apex court to decide the case. ALSO READ UK's May takes Brexit deal to rebellious MPsJayasundara said he was offered a diplomatic post if he took the fall and stepped down, but he refused as he said he was not responsible for the catastrophic intelligence failure. He said he had been sidelined by the president since a political rift between the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emerged in October. Jayasundara’s petition came days after Sirisena publicly rebuked another intelligence official, Sisira Mendis, after he told a parliamentary panel that the Easter suicide bombings could have been avoided. Mendis’s testimony appeared to put Sirisena in a poor light by implying he had not held National Security Council meetings to review threats such as the attacks carried out by Islamic State. In a statement, Sirisena denied claims by Mendis that the country’s highest security body had not met as often as it should have around the time of the attacks, which were blamed on Islamic State-backed militants. ALSO READ UN environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crashSirisena, who is also defence minister, said in a statement he held NSC meetings twice a week, contradicting Mendis who told parliament the last meeting was on February 19, more than two months before the April 21 bombings targeting three churches and three luxury hotels. Sirisena said he met with the national police chief and his top brass 13 days before the Easter Sunday attacks and no officer raised warnings which had been relayed by India. Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the attacks, but Sirisena announced last week that it will end in a month. © Agence France-Presse Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Seychelles share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleMeet Success Adegor – An Internet Sensation & MediaRoomHub’s May Cover Star!next article‘U Got the Juice’: Toya Wright Comes Out to Play in Snazzy LookRelated Posts470 shares Seychelles/June 18, 2019 /No Comment Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050: UN460 shares Seychelles/June 17, 2019 /No Comment New parents at Seychelles Breweries get more time off thanks to new parent company policyAs coral becomes increasingly threatened, Seychelles helps six countries practice coral restorationSudan’s Bashir appears before prosecutorSeychellois team in UK launches online radio station, sending Creole and island culture worldwideSeychellois team in UK launches online radio station, sending Creole and island culture worldwideParis’s Notre-Dame holds first mass since devastating blazeParis’s Notre-Dame holds first mass since devastating blazeLess pain, shorter recovery: Minimally invasive surgical procedures introduced in SeychellesUN secretary-general commends Seychelles’ leadership as ocean conservation champion Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! 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