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Son-in-law not involved in defence supplies: Fonseka

Last Updated: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 16:37

Colombo: Terming it as mud slinging on his family, retired Army chief and Presidential aspirant Sarath Fonseka on Sunday said his son-in law was in no way involved in delivery of aircraft or weapons for the Sri Lankan security forces.
Fonseka said the defence procurement during the peak of the LTTE war was being done by a committee. "There is allegation against my family. There is a mud slinging campaign.”

“If all they have said about my son-in-law---if he had delivered MIGs to the airforce, if he has purchased multi barrels and if he is getting 2 cents from all the ammunitions he purchased, then I would have been the richest person in the country and the world," Fonseka said.

"And all the military purchases and combat equipment are purchased through Lanka Logistics consisting of Secretary defence (Gotabhaya Rajapaksa) as the chairman," Fonseka told a crowded news conference.

He said all the financial negotiations on defence purchases are done by the Secretary Defence and the Ministry of Defence.

He said as the he Army commander he was only involved with the technical aspects of the weapons system and ammunitions.

Fonseka said his son was studying in the US and he had no involvement at all in the defence purchases for the country as alleged by some.


First Published: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 16:37
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