Sri Lankan government urged to release blast inquiry

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (AP) – Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic bishops said on Monday that they are suspicious of the government’s motives in not sharing the report of a presidential commission of inquiry into Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in 2019 that killed more than 260 people, and instead appointing another committee to study it.

The Rev Winston Fernando, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, said the church was alarmed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision last week to appoint a new six-member committee of government ministers to study the report without sharing it with the church or the attorney general for the prosecution of suspects.