Sri Lanka leader opposed to police attending attacks inquiry

Sri Lanka police say President Maithripala Sirisena is opposed to have them testify before a parliamentary inquiry into intelligence failures that preceded the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed more than 250 people.

Police say in a statement Sirisena met with senior officers Friday evening and told them he doesn’t favor intelligence officers being summoned by a parliamentary committee to discuss sensitive details in the presence of the media.

The meeting between Sirisena, who is also the minister of defense and police, and senior police officers came after intelligence officials, former bureaucrats and the suspended national police chief testified before the commission and described shortcomings in the security sector.

Sirisena has promised to protect officers who refuse to attend the committee hearings.