The Sunday Leader

Govt: Don’t Talk About SF

A senior government minister called on opposition parliamentarians not to make comments to the media after visiting former Army Commander and DNA Leader Sarath Fonseka in his prison cell and denied providing special facilities for him.

Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara has told parliament that such comments could place him in a difficult situation.

Gunasekara said that opposition parliamentarians have made contradictory statement as well. He said that while UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera has said that Fonseka served him a cup of tea, the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Fonseka does not even get a cup of tea.

The Minister also denied media reports that Fonseka was given facilities to boil water inside his cell.

However, Gunasekara said that Fonseka has been provided with a bed and a mattress following doctor’s orders, a TV following a court order and hot water when asked.

4 Comments for “Govt: Don’t Talk About SF”

  1. willows

    what a pathetic sitaution – is this what the war hero deserved???

  2. Dear DEW, You are respectable politician. Your duty to look after General Fonseka.

  3. insider

    It is very sad to talk about special privileges to the former General as all prisoners must be treated the same way. However, the opposition politicians seem to visit the general to get cheap political publicity. These very same politicians put this EGOISTIC general into trouble by placing him on cloud nine as the presidential material. Now when this unfortunate General is languishing in the jail, the same guys visit him to get the media attention. What a pathetic lot. On the other hand I am not surprised, the Sri Lankans have developed the habit of stooping down to the lowest levels blarney and gutter politics during the past two to three decades.

  4. Percy uncle, Gotta mama and Basil aiya have been putting their lives on line for 40 odd years while Fonseka goia have been doing profitable politics !

    True patriots should deny him pension, that is our true standard!!

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