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Lawyers slam Gen. Fonseka for violating the secrets act PDF Print E-mail
Gomin Dayasiri, a school mate of the retiered general and the Legal luminary in Sri Lanka said yesterday that retired General Sarath Fonseka had by reference to the statement made to the Sunday Leader, accusing Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and then Brig. Shavindra Silva of having executed some LTTE front liners carrying white flags to surrender, violated Section 6 (E) of the Official Secrets Act of 1955.

The President’s Counsel Dayasiri said "The General had made a serious statement at a time the world was making allegations about war crimes". He noted that Fonseka, as the then Army Commander, had by that statement brought the entire Army and the nation into ridicule.

Counsel Dayasiri is the view that Fonseka in his capacity as a candidate aspiring to be a future President would certainly be called a witness before such a War Tribunal if proceedings are initiated against Sri Lanka.

Senior Attorney, Kalinga Indatissa, said to the media yesterday that Fonseka had no right to make such a serious statement on hearsay as stated by Fonseka to the newspaper.

According to him, the General could be charged with a maximum prison sentece up to 14 years. Indratissa further says, if Fonseka says he is misquoted in the newspaper, Fonseka should without any further delay correct that report.

Taking the memory back to few months, Ali Sabri, Attoney at Law said that Fonseka had the habit of making such damaging statements from time to time and later to claim he was misquoted. He referred to a report on minorities in the Canadian Post six months ago and how Fonseka claimed he was misquoted six months after the publication.

Another Senior Attorney, Krishan De Alwis pointed out that Fonseka was now a civilian. Therefore he could be tried under the normal civil laws of the land for the statement he has made to the weekend paper.

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