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“I have been misquoted” – Ret. Gen. Fonseka PDF Print E-mail
Presidential candidate Gen. Fonseka said yesterday addressing a Press briefing at the JAIC Hilton Hotel, that he did not say that Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse gave orders to kill those who LTTE ers who came to surrender during the last phase of the war.

He says that he has been misquoted in the weekend paper in Sri Lanka. The General went on to explain that the question asked from him was what action Gotabaya and Basil Rajapakse took when several LTTE leaders were preparing to come forward with white flags to surrender on 17th May 2009 after Basil and Gotabaya were informed of such a move by the LTTE leaders through the Norwegians.

The former Army General said “‘I did not know the story of the LTTE leaders trying to surrender carrying the white flags. I came to know of this later through the media. That was known only between the two of them, as expressed by the media. The media revealed to me, the Defense Secretary had instructed a high officer in the war operations not to allow anyone to escape whether they came with or without a white flag. “This is a story heard by you from others in the same way as I heard. Due to the security and safety of the media personnel who told me this, I cannot disclose his name. These details were revealed to me by Media a personnel who was on the battlefield on that day. The Defense secretary has instructed the high Army Officer over the phone.’

Common opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka said further that his statement saying that Gotabhaya Rajapakse advised the killing of Pulithevan and Nadeson when they came to surrender, cannot be considered as revelation of war secrets. He also added that at this juncture he was not in the country and the defence secretary issued orders to other officers avoiding him.

Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patalee Champika Ranawaka is the opinion that General Fonseka has become a witness wanted by the International Criminal Court by telling lies and he is betraying the war victory and leaders, who led the war, by making such statements. Referring to statement of opposition Presidential candidate Fonseka, Wimal Weerawansa said that Fonseka had become part and parcel of an international conspiracy to bring war heroes and the government before an International War Tribunal.

It is been reported that the opinion of the Attorney General is to be sought by the CID to question Gen. Fonseka on his specific view to the Weekend paper regarding Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile it is been reported that some Colombo based leading civil organisations backing Gen. Fonseka are actively talking to journalists on one to one basis lobbying the view that Gen. Fonseka never said such a statement as an effort to control the damage.  

This is the second time where Fonseka says that he has been misquoted. If Fonseka has really not made such a statement, then the leading weekend paper may fall in to hot water again with the Government. It may well be that the defence secretary might take them to courts again.

Coincidently, today the Presidential candidate Fonseka is hosting a cocktail and a dinner to all the key media personalities in Colombo at Taj Samudra hotel tonight.

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