Lankan official questions Fonseka`s claim of being war hero
Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 23:59
Colombo: A top legal official in Sri Lankan has questioned the claims of former army chief Sarath Fonseka of being a war hero, saying he had accused the government of violating international laws during the last phase of the war with the LTTE.

Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Bandara said that although Gen (retd.) Fonseka was the Chief Commanding Officer during the victorious war last year, he subsequently made statements "inimical to the State for political expediency and lost his honour", the state owned Daily News reported today.

Bandara yesterday made the allegations before Colombo Chief Magistrate Janaki Rajaratne when Fonseka was produced there, the first civil court appearance for him since his arrest in February on charges of dabbling in politics while in uniform and violation of procedures set for arms procurement.

The Deputy Solicitor General was making submissions in the court in connection with the CID enquiry.

This was regarding an alleged statement made by Fonseka to a weekly 'Sunday Leader' newspaper that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa ordered the killing of top LTTE leaders and others who came to surrender with white flags.

Fonseka's counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti said that it was unfortunate that a war hero who escaped attempt on his life by LTTE militants thrice for the sake of the country was charged before court just days prior to commemorating war heroes for victory over the Tiger rebels.

Bandara said that according to the CID investigations, Gotabhaya had not given any such instructions or orders to shoot surrendering LTTE activists.

In his lengthy submissions, he said Fonseka had made a false statement to the media about the Defence Secretary.

The Officials of the UN also had inquired about this statement from the Sri Lanka Ambassador, he observed.

"CID investigations had revealed that General Fonseka had made that false statement to an English weekend newspaper. He will be charged under the Criminal Procedure Code and under the Emergency Regulations Sections 28 and 29," Bandara said.

Judge Rajaratna directed the Brigadier who produced Fonseka in court to produce him again on May 26.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 23:59

comments powered by Disqus