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S.F.’s Arrest Appalling

Sarath

A diplomat from the E.U. region speaking on the grounds of anonymity to The Sunday Leader recently described the arrest of defeated common presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka by the military police (m.p.) as appalling.

Another said that even in the event if Fonseka was in breach of the law, that was not the way to set about doing it. The source further said that the E.U. had voiced its concerns over the way the elections were conducted, and had wanted an investigation done on the same.

He however refused to comment as to what correct procedure should have had been followed leading to Fonseka’s arrest, nor did he want to comment as to whether the E.U. was planning on any punitive action on Colombo, to bring it to heel.

Fonseka was at his office in Colombo, having a discussion with some party leaders at the time of his arrest. He had refused to go with the m.p. who had come to arrest him and had to be forcibly taken out as a result.

This prompted J.V.P. leader Somawansa Amarasinghe who was there at the time of Fonseka’s arrest to say that the person who defeated terrorism was treated like a terrorist.
The Government alleged that the reason for Fonseka’s arrest was that he was plotting to overthrow it.

A man on the street told this reporter that the reason behind Fonseka’s arrest was that they wanted to prevent him from aligning himself with the J.V.P. in the forthcoming general elections. The Government feels that their objective of obtaining a 2/3rds majority in the elections may not fructify in the event the Fonseka-J.V.P. coalition materializes, he said.

10 Comments for “S.F.’s Arrest Appalling”

  1. Prasanna Kulatunga

    Besides the arrest been appalling it was illegal. As per Military Law of 1949, the arrest could only happen if the officer was in active service at the time of arrest. In this case, he was retired and not in active service. Various ministers are issuing statements giving all kinds of reasons and justification for the arrest. Bottom line, the arrest if illegal, both under Military Law and 1978 Consitution.

  2. anthony jones

    If only, when the going was good the stars properly placed had the world’s greatest General had accepted the position of becoming the member for Galle, then a member of the 120 strong cabinet, he will be still be driven around in the latest bullet proof limosuines and would have his choice of bodyguards and would have had a servant at government expense to look after his dalmation puppy, the apple of his eye.

    Instead, he gigged to the cha cha at the whims and fancies of bankrupt politicians and paid the price.

    Now, it seem’s that his good old lady will have to have a ride on the back of a Swan to try and enter the holy house of Parliment. a j.

  3. Citizen Silva

    Even going by Sri Lanka Military rules, an officer more senior than the officer being arrested has to carry out the arrest – a basic military tenet.

    Gota is technically part of the civil service as secretary. He himself should be staying out of politics. Gota should be deported for crimes against Sri Lanka.

  4. Nick Dias

    SF was arrested quite legally and was not beaten up as falsely claimed by the opposition. They are trying to win votes by whipping up public protest by false claims. He was not assaulted either. He is well treated in naval head quarters. He does not deserve this as he is a traitor and an evil sadistic psychopath who has tortured and murdered those who dared to oppose him., he plotted a cuop with JVP balu mekkas to assassinate MR and his family and other VIPs. He should face justice and hang for it. Capital punishment should be meted out for treason.

  5. VINTAGE VOTER

    THIS IS THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE. BOTH UNDER MILITARY LAW OR CIVIL LAW, IT LOOKS ILLEGAL. ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A “LEGAL EAGLE”,
    TO KNOW THIS . SAD TO SAY THE “PROFESSORI” DOEST NOT KNOW THE BASICS..
    ANOTHER INTERESTING QUESTION,: WHY THE PRESIDENT COULD NOT FIND
    TO UPFA’ERS TO APPEAR IN COURTS ON THE DAY OF THE COURT CASE.
    TWO RENEGADE “UNP’ERS” WERE SENT, AND WHEN THEY CAME OUT
    THEY WERE RIGHTLY “HOOTED”. THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN “BOOTED”.

  6. Do you know that Major General Parakrama Pannipitiya was the commander that commanded the army to win the east for us. Pannipitiya is the man who saved the east from the clutches of LTTE when Fonseka was in a hospital in Singapore. It seems Fonseka had a grudge against Pannipitiya. That is what is was proved in the end when Pannipitiya plead for relief from the supreme court. Somehow Pannipitiya is said to have spend six months behind bars on some drummed up charges. The Fonseka had blackmailed Pannipitiya to tender his resignation saying otherwise he will be tried on Court Marshall

    Do you know what happened there after. The supreme court found Fonseka guilty for violating the right of Pannipitiya.General Fonseka is in a deep chasm now. Indeed he is on long haul flight to Bogambara.

    We see General Fonsek’s wife is sobbing like a child. Pannipitiya’s wife says she cried for six months while her husband was locked up in a cell by Fonseka. She says that it is ‘ditta dhamma wedaneeya kamma’ that has come upon Fonseka. Do you think so. I think worst has not come on Fonseka yet

  7. The thugs and thiefs who come unto the parliment are not know what they are talking and doing. only they want free meals and to rob the poor people. Due to this uneducted ed thugs does not know the rules in the country, only know to sling mud and talk much to the TV making this rascals as Heros. Even LEELA are with them and hope he/she going behind them to lick their backs and to hold Candles for the night. Leela come on I think you are from the Kunomola watte and have the same attituden as an uneducayed bastered. Give the place for the correct person, Going writing such bloody idiotic words better to go to Maradan. M K

  8. priyantha

    The law definitely is applied differently depending on the company you keep.

    SB was imprisoned a few years ago for insulting the judiciary when he made a speech in anger against some supreme court decisions. (He was in the opposition then)

    Same joker (this time in the ruling party) admits on national television to election fraud and intimidation at two elections. The result – complete pardon for his insult of the judiciary and appointment as the UNF organiser for an electorate.

    Department of AG and police – are you really deaf, dumb and blind (Physically and mentally handicapped) or merely a lap dog after a few bones?

  9. edward

    Some may say SF defeated terrorism yet Tamils specially the people in the war zone, certain foreigners even the president, defence secretary and others who conducted the war know what sort of terror camphaign they carried out and won the war. Many were abducted killed and thrown, Hospital, temples churche safe zonnes were and shelled and bombed. Compared with what was done by forces LTTE terror is nothing. Karma is doing it part on SF ofcourse in a mild form others too will have to meet sooner or later. God save the country.

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