PSC may record President’s testimony in location outside Parliament

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  • PSC members agree to consider option after President refused to appear before Committee
  • The Committee wrote to President in mid-August inviting him to testify
  • PSC expected to finalise report by end of this month

Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks yesterday discussed the possibility of obtaining the testimony of President Maithripala Sirisena in a location outside Parliament.

The PSC members agreed to consider this option after the Executive turned down a request to appear before the Committee in Parliament where its sittings have been held since its inception in June.

The Committee sent a letter inviting the President to give a date convenient for him to testify to come before the Committee last month but he has not agreed to their request.

Dozens of witnesses including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have given evidence before the Committee which is expected to finalise its report by the end of September. (CK)