Lankan official questions Fonseka`s claim of being war hero

A top legal official in Sri Lankan has questioned the claims of former army chief Sarath Fonseka.

Updated: May 13, 2010, 23:59 PM IST

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