Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to take necessary legal steps to release the person who is imprisoned in connection with the suicide bomb attack on him at the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in 2006.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, he said the President had set a noble example by pardoning the person who had attempted to assassinate him in a suicide attack in Colombo in 2008.
Similarly, Minister Fonseka said he too wanted to pardon the person convicted of attempting to assassinate him in 2006.
“The person who tried to kill me in the suicide bomb attack is still in prison. He talked to me when I served my jail term. He sat with me on the same bench in the prison and told me how he hatched the plan to eliminate me. He also told me how he falsified facts during Police interrogations,” he added.
He said there was a massive embezzlement of money while constructing the Southern Expressway during the former regime. He said the highway was planned to be built with three lanes on each side but it was limited to two under the guidance of that government.
“The southern express way may be the one and only highway in the world which consists of a huge iron bar in the middle of the road to separate the two lanes,” he added.
He said the former government had made a contradictory opinion about the war-victory. He also said there isn’t any ruler in the world who published posters, cutouts, banners, booklets etc. to display that he had ended the war.
He said the former regime had taken large scale loans for various projects including $ 500 million for the harbor, $ 300 million for the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).
He also said there were grave irregularities in the purchase of MIG aircraft at that time.
“The former regime’s MIG deal took place in three stages. Two of these steps were to pay money. It was done through former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The amount was US $ 100 million involving an inactivated company in England,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
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Comments - 15
Ravi Friday, 18 March 2016 12:21 PM
yes sir LTTE need to grow again other wise no business eu, india usa where they will sell there weapons if there is no war....
sam Friday, 18 March 2016 07:37 AM
Is this man mad? what the hell is wrong with him?
kk Friday, 18 March 2016 07:41 AM
Bomber should be hanged for not perform his duties
onlooker Friday, 18 March 2016 02:39 PM
He sits on his brain.
narada Friday, 18 March 2016 02:54 PM
galleguy Friday, 18 March 2016 09:22 AM
That bomb might have done some damage to his brain.
Pissu Butha Friday, 18 March 2016 09:25 AM
They should release him and put you back in his place!
Mr Facts Friday, 18 March 2016 09:30 AM
Get your facts right. Earlier plan was to construct only 2 lanes (one lane each way). MR changed it for 4 lanes as there are no highways with only one lane each way. And we have seen many dividers on main highways.
Nims Friday, 18 March 2016 09:51 AM
Wait and see - this man will challenge MS or RW soon. That was the reason why he was kept as the Media Spokesman during last UNP Regime
Diyani Friday, 18 March 2016 10:21 AM
Great. The latest intelligence reports through convicts. This may be the first Field Marshall to go to this level for publicity. I wish he maintained respect of the rank offerd to him.
Lanka Watch Friday, 18 March 2016 05:20 PM
He was a fellow prisoner and he must have convinced SFthat he was no where near the bomb attack nor plannedit..
mm Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:04 PM
all for show via DM iOS App
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 18 March 2016 10:56 AM
Including you Sir.
onlooker Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:17 PM
This suicide bomber should be sent to gallows for failing in his mission .
onlooker Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:31 PM
SF should thank the previous regime that he is alive today, not the suicide bomber.
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