Colombo, Reuters. A Sri Lankan court on Monday began hearing the case related to the 2019 Easter bombings. In April 2019, about 270 people were killed in six successive attacks on churches and major tourist hotels. Amid appeals for accountability from victim aid groups, the court has opened the first of three trials involving the bombings.

Charges against former National Police Chief Pujit Jayasundara

In the trial, former National Police Chief Pujit Jayasundara has been accused of failing to act on repeated intelligence warnings of a possible terror attack. Jayasundara was charged with a total of 855 counts of murder and attempt to murder, to which her lawyer says 1,215 people have been listed as witnesses, but not all can be called to testify. Lawyer Ranjit Dehiwala told Reuters: “The former police chief is not guilty. They did not intentionally assist in the attacks and there was no lapse on their part that led to the attacks,’

Hearing will start from Tuesday

The trial against 24 people accused in the serial blasts case will begin from Tuesday. Police filed more than 23,000 charges against these suspects, including conspiracy to murder, abetting and abetting the attacks, and collecting arms and ammunition. The group of suspects also includes Mohammad Naufar, who officials say is the mastermind of the attacks and linked to the Islamic State.

What is the full story of the 2019 Easter bombings

On 21 April 2019, a string of attacks on Easter Sunday targeted three churches and three hotels, killing 267 people, including at least 45 foreign nationals. It was one of the worst attacks in the history of Sri Lanka, in which around 500 people were injured. Most of the island’s minority Christians were involved in the bombings.

Edited By: Ashish Rajput