An official of the National Intelligence Service says that the then President and Prime Minister should be held accountable for the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. He said that security authorities were not given proper instructions due to the political tug or war between two sides. He said that the intelligence units have been reported about the activities of Saharan Hasheem which are a threat to a national security and it was included in the agenda on two times at the intelligence review meeting in March 2019. He said this while giving evidence at the Presidential Commission to inquire into the Easter Sunday attacks yesterday. Giving evidence further he said that there were problems when presenting information received by the National Intelligence Services to the Defence Secretary. The intelligence review meeting which is held on each Tuesday, is second only to the National Security Council. The Head of the National Intelligence Service should inform the Defence Secretary about the details to be discussed before the intelligence review meeting. However, he said that the Head of the National Intelligence could not meet personally Mr. Kapila Waidyarathne and Hemasiri Fernando when they held the post of Defence Secretary. The official said that although staff officers of the National Intelligence Service tried to meet the Defence Secretary on two occasions to convey information, they could not do so.
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