Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka charged that it was clear that the Army major who had complained that he had been assaulted by Malaka Silva withdrew his complaint under duress.
“This is another classic example of the situation prevailing in this country. The whole country, including the Army, know that this major was assaulted by these thugs. Now if it has come to a stage where the major has given an affidavit. It must have been done under duress. During the earlier stages of this incident it was known that when Malaka Silva wanted to return the pistol to him, he refused to take it. So now you can see what is happening in this country” he said.
Fonseka said that all military men were saddened by this turn of events.
“Everyone is very unhappy, officers down to the soldiers have spoken to us and they are very unhappy at the turn of events. Everybody knew that the culprit would get away and this would be the final outcome. The military is very unhappy. They want to see justice done by their comrades. Those people will be waiting for justice to be done one day” he said.
The former presidential candidate and leader of the Democratic Party said that it was not irregular for an Intelligence Corps officer to carry a pistol while off duty.
“On the other hand, when the Army appointed a court of inquiry to fix the major, to say that he was in the wrong place, that he was carrying a weapon in the wrong place, the only way out for the major is to say that the incident never took place. The Army has thus, indirectly put pressure on the major to withdraw his complaint. The major’s having a pistol with him when he was off duty was not irregular. Majors in the Military Intelligence Corps are permitted to carry their pistols even when they are off duty for their personal protection “he said.
Fonseka went on to state that those in power were “deaf and blind to crimes that take place in the country.”(Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 50
kd Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:01 AM
At least this man make a voice of it so "Nodrog" ask your self what you do about this !!
Curious Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:25 PM
Anyone could do is voice your opinion as a Sri Lankan since there is no law and order that applies to everyone. It is very remote it will happen that soon regardless what regime is in SL.
Lobo Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:43 AM
As a soldier he is bound to follow orders from the top. As such only two choices were open to the Major, either swallow his pride and obey orders or resign with his his integrity intact. He has taken the path of least resistance.
Lal Surain Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:31 AM
God where you? that is the only thing we can keep asking
Fayad Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:33 AM
CCTV confirms what you say
mahasenawi Wednesday, 19 September 2012 05:41 PM
Well said Sir General.You are the only one taking about ,others are cowered..Sir save the country .
sinnavi Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:26 PM
We all know that today Srilanka is ruled by a dictator and this dictator is appointed by nobody other than us. Sad
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:14 AM
Absoloutely true Sir. We already have a precedent of a government servant being tied to a tree by the notorious Minister from Kelaniya and when it came to courts, he threatened the victim and got an affidavit to the effect the latter asked to be tied to a tree. So, this is just another repeat of the same old saga where the so called "doctor" acts with impunity Do we need further proof that the country has gone to the dogs.
Susantha Athukorale Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:08 PM
This fellow is a nut case, when he was in jail he used to to the hospital everyday, now he is out of jail looks like he is cured. Sam
Nodrog Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:06 AM
Whats the point of only talking about it if he's not going to do anything about it?
citizen of SL Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:32 AM
What I learnt was, I should tell my son to change his ambition from Pilot to Politician, as its a only good job, where one can survive in a country like Sri Lanka no matter he killed a person.
KD Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:14 AM
ragu Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:01 AM
ok on the other hand if a soldger hit an ordinary person on the road will u be for that sivilian...will u go for that sivilian or will u support to that army man?
Dammika Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:53 AM
This man without civic rights at least raise his voice. What do you do as a person with civic rights?
Siri Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:07 AM
Dr can do any thing any where,no body can not oppose to him,poor Major what he can do in front of power full Dr.
Nimal R Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:24 AM
Many ordinary citizens in Sri Lanka are law abiding who love peace. Yet, they are responsible for voting corrupt thugs in to power. Now, even army officers have to bend down their backs not only to the corrupt thug politicians but their children too. Those who do not voice against these are digging their own graves.
Janaki Kalansuriya Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:13 AM
I totally agree with "kd". Just look at all of us! We are not even ready to give our real names. But the General is a known figure and is making public statements like the fearless man he was and is. Like I said once earlier, he is doing his darnedest best under the conditions of release, thrust upon him. May I ask, "will you take to the streets, Nodrog?"
baby Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:32 AM
Form a joint opposition to stop all these wrong doings.Only SF can do that.
podi malli Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:16 AM
@ DOT UNCLE... A soldier cannot be on duress...that is why SF is in this situation...a coward cannot be a soldier...a real soldier never be a coward...now in sri lanka army the number of cowards are getting increased...once SF cleaned the army and gave it a respect...now it is taking a u turn...ANEY MANDA SARATH...
citizen1 Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:51 PM
Janaki Kalansuriya Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:45 AM
Okay DOT UNCLE, then answer these questions and make your conclusions. 1) With his salary could he have afforded to come to Jaic with some of his soldiers, unless it was on official business, which only the Army would know. 2) Is the Major such a dim wit to make public the incident, if he was doing something he would not have the Army hierarchy find out? 3) Isn't it similar to the health workers story which came out to exonerate the thug father after the infamous "Gas-Bandina" case in Kelaniya? 4) Are you actually impartial?
Nodrog Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:05 AM
We all know it was done under duress, we all know the sad situ in the country. Question is what will you do about it?
Tony montana Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:53 PM
OUR beutiful Sri lanka Currupt policians and drug dealers .Thats what happening.
citizen1 Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:54 PM
Not good advise.
shaggy Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:36 AM
This is the Wonder of Asia managed by Mentals. Very soon people will rise. You canot fool the people all the time.
Brave Heart Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:28 AM
This is very true!
Kris Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:29 AM
Very true sir. But unfortunately our stupid Sri Lankan's doesn't understand it. For them still Mahinda is the god. Last election was a classic example.
fASSEY Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:29 AM
Very true the Major has ti survive no alternative.
jeremy Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:11 AM
SIR . WE WANT YOU TO COME TO POWER AND STOP ALL THIS WRONG DOING. SO SAD ABOUT OUR CONTRY.
Little Johnny Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:19 AM
Well said sir!!!
CW Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:19 AM
It is a very bad situation, but, what happened to Maj Gens, Pannipitiya & Janaka Perera under your reign? Also, many more.
sandman Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:40 AM
Nodrog must be another ECSTASY seller for Malaka, to rip into SF in this manner.If a MAJOR can be forced to talk in the contrary then what are we SMALL FRY civilians going to do, if something like this happens to us ? This is the million dollar question.
samosa Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:31 AM
well said sir. The country has gone to dogs... The president talks about Western countries' double standard policies towards smaller countries but he does the same to common man in his own country.
Bandara Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:34 AM
SF is truely speaking sense. But I wonder if even he would have spoken like this if he were the Army Commander today. You can see a starc difference in his speech when you compare him before and after he left govt ranks. What is clear is that this country will never enjoy rule of law at least in foreseeable future.
UPUL Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:39 AM
If these thing happened to MAJORS in the army, what to say about the MINORS or Commons in this country ??
Anju Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:07 AM
Very TRUE Sir.
leelananda Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:50 PM
NO this is not. Major got good money, many millions.
Thomas Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:48 AM
This is worse than the Army getting defeated by late Prabakaran
sandman Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:50 AM
Dont despair, God is there watching everything. When the time if ripe the MIGHTY will fall like nothing. We have seen how people like Mubarak (Egypt) Gadaffi (Libya) Shah (Iran) Marcos(Philippines) Saddam (Iraq) have fallen, being killed or just run away after being almost GODs in their own countries.So the time will come dont worry.Be patient, the crooked always get big chances from GOD so that they dig deep holes for themselves then GOD will pounce then they will not have a rat hole to hide in. It will come dont ever doubt.
M. Silva Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:09 AM
Attention : Editor
Mind report worthiness.
M. Silva (Dr.)
NB You make money selling the story.
Roshan Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:09 AM
Yes, if the Thugs and underworld can carry pistol, then why can't a Major carry it for his own protection?
Baalaya Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:54 PM
SRI is gone with wind only Lanka is available and will destroy soon......This situation is like a Tamil Movie...Rata Ballata Giya
DOT UNCLE Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:33 AM
I do not agree that he withdraw under duress , We should be impartial , Though Dr group is notorious , we should think other side as well . 1) Why the major was there , does he on the Job if not , from where he gets this much money to spend places like this . 2) A soldier can not be on duress , he must have settle the issue with lumpsum amount . Further there is no reason that Malaka just hit the soldier , so he too must have behaved abnormally thinking of his star.
M.A Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:10 AM
You should be the President of this country, to get rid of the thugs and cronies the way you destroyed LTTE
Nilantha Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:24 AM
It's sad to hear these kinds of situation in our country, luckily Major survived, if something happened to him during this assault... like death, very sad. It's a shame for those who lead the defenses. Good leaders protect their peers and subordinates. Here it is different.
Lokka Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:22 AM
It is an ignorant precept. It will take several more generation for our nation to loose today's set of donkey ears. Until then, either thrive in chaos or look elsewhere.
Akram Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:29 AM
Why always Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:47 AM
The presence of major may not be for an official purpose. It does not authorise Malaka and group to assault him. Malaka is not a police officer or an authority for that matter
Farook Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:38 AM
Like father like son. They can get away with any crime. I don't blame the Major as he has to protect himself and his family from the government sponsored goons. Most of them in the ruling party are a law unto themselves. Murder, rape, arson, assault, commissions on contracts and various other malpractices are taking place like anyone's business. "Wonder of Asia" in big letters at the stadiums is so true as no other nation in Asia is as corrupt as our wonderful nation!!!
Podimahatya Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:02 AM
Mervyn has more power than the Army. He is the Law of the land. What can you do about this you are no longer in command.
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