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Is US targeting Gota through Gen. Fonseka? PDF Print E-mail
It is reported that US Department of Homeland Security are preparing to question Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday the November 04th regarding alleged war crimes that had taken place in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan government has not only officially objected but also protested such a move.
According to sources the Foreign Ministry has summoned the US ambassador in Sri Lanka for an urgent meeting.

According to a top official of the government, Gen.Sarath Fonseka in possesion of a diplomatic passport. Therefore the US government will be violating the international laws it they try to question General Fonseka. General Fonseka is currently in USA privately visiting his daughters.

On the other hand Department of Homeland Security interviews every green card holder who wants to be a citizen of the United States. Gen. Fonseka is a green card holder and therfore the US authorities may even use this as an excuse to cover it up or to presure him. Furthermore it is also strange that US Embassy was lip tight on the weekend about this issue.

Chief of Defence Staff Sarath Fonseka has informed the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington that he had been asked by US officials to be a ‘source’ against Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The powerful Department of Homeland Security officials have called the residence of the son in law of Gen. Fonseka and requested to come over on Tuesday for an interview.

An officer named Tarantino had asked General Fonseka whether he was prepared to be a ‘source’ against the ‘Defence Minister’ of Sri Lanka. General Fonseka in return had asked him in return whom he meant. Was it the President, who is the Defence Minister?
Then official had then told him it was the Defence Secretary and not the Defence Minister.

It is learned that the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington and the Foreign Ministry are actively engaged in preventing such a move by the US and would do everything to stop it.

Sri Lanka’s ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya had retained lawyers from the Patton Boggs firm to assist the General following this conversation by this formal request by the Department of Homeland Security for a ‘voluntary meeting’ with General Fonseka. Patton Boggs has informed the Embassy that Gen. Fonska can turn down such a request.

Sri Lanka yesterday strongly condemned the US move to put pressure on its highest ranking military official by requesting him to give evidence against a top public official.

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