Fonseka without medication

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By Dianne Silva

Detained retired General Sarath Fonseka has been without medication for 24 hours while in the custody of the Military Police, his lawyer told Daily Mirror online after visiting the General last night.

“Due to the injuries he sustained from a suicide attack there has been damage to his liver. Thereby he needs to have medication every 6 hours, however until the time we visited him last night (9th) he had been without his medicine,” Wijedasa  Rajapksa told Daily Mirror Online.

The wife of the General, Anoma Fonseka and his lawyer was allowed to visit the General at the Navy Junior Officers condominium, near the port, according to Wijedasa Rajapaksa. This visit had been granted following a request made by the representatives and family of the General to a number of foreign embassies in the country and humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC. 

During the visit that lasted three hours Mrs. Fonseka and Mr. Wijedasa had been closely monitored by the 10 Military Police officers guarding the former Army Commander.

Fonseka had not consumed water or food provided by those detaining him. “He only broke his fast after meeting with us and had the food and water that we took for him,” Wijedasa said. 

Wijedasa confirmed that the General had sustained no injuries during his arrest.

Wijedasa stated that a fundamental rights case would be filed during the course of the day, in addition to a protest to ensure the well being and quick release of the former Chief of Defence staff. 

"An officer informed me that we would be told of the next meeting after consulting with and getting the approval of the Army commander" Wijeydasa said.

The Secretary to the General, Senaka De Silva had also been taken into custody by the Military Police has now been handed over to the CID, according to Wijeydasa.

Meanwhile the Army said that Military Police personnel who went to take former Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka into custody on charges of military offences have neither beaten him nor harassed him on that occasion as reported in a section of the Media.

Military Police personnel on reaching the place of arrest informed General Fonseka of their intended arrest but he repeatedly rejected to comply with the process, compelling those Military Police personnel to take him out despite his remarks and refusals, the Army website said.

Medical care as well as all other facilities has been made available to General Fonseka as required contrary to claims published in certain media reports, the Army said.

Legal proceedings in accordance with Article 57 (1) of the Army Act are to be instituted against General Fonseka, now in military custody.

(Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 21

  • Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:42 PM

    Let us all wait patiently and let the LAW take its course.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:43 AM

    SF you will always be our facebook president

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:50 AM

    I dont think even the honourable minister Karuna ( war hero!!!) did go through this ordeal SF is going through. This clearly shows how the GOSL looks after its military heroes. Long live the king and the fools who support him!!!!

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 02:57 PM

    you can volunteer if u want

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 10:08 PM

    Ex-LTTEr Karuna, in Parliament, ex-Army Commander & war hero SF, in custody ? ? ?

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:58 AM

    Who is more loyal to the motherland? A soldier(SF) of a politician(MR)? SF wanted to eliminate corruption. MR seems to perpetuate corruption and eliminate SR.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 10:01 AM


    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:06 PM

    King?? More like Emperor Niro, watching and doing nothing while his brothers are running the country to the ground. May be he has lost control already to his more abled brothers; eh?

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:03 AM

    Why Navy base ? What a country.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:12 AM

    I am quoting from a friend ; "He was acting like Commander-in - chief after resigning from Army and then behaving like "The President " until the day of the election. Someone has to put a stop to this."

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:43 PM

    Who ever challenge our royal dynasty should be dealt severely. with This is our king, queen and princesses. They are our national treasure. (I was just diagnosed with a mental disorder. There is a long queue there. But doesn't seem like 58%)

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:49 PM

    Await Ataiodahama is turning.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:50 PM

    It's not a big deal for him to fast for 1day, and be without medicine. Have you ever though how many thousands of people were without food, medicine during the war. THIS IS THE GIFT FROM GOD.........

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:21 AM

    whats wrong with that? Huh! If MR can act like a king and his sons can act like heir to throne why not the great General? After all he risked his life for 30+ years fighting LTTE terrorists and still remain as a HERO in many peoples hearts & minds. Other than of course people like your FRIEND!

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:08 PM

    Irony is that the whole country including the very people who were deployed to manhandle him too aware of this fact. But folks the bad news is that this has been happening in some countries and no one can do anything about it. Wow!! they are his best friends too.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:09 PM

    This is why I kept on repeating the need for all Sri Lankan's to read Martin Niemöller's prophetic words Goerge Orwell's novel 1984. Both are very applicable to Sri Lanka!!! The question is who is next? It can be you and me!!!

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 07:29 AM

    General Sarath Fonseka must have access to see his lawyer wife and family members as and when they and he want. There should not be any restrictions whatsoever.

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:13 PM

    Cam if you mean by 'this is a gift from god', that this is in fact a gift from Gota Rajapaksa and Co...that about sums up all that is wrong with Sri Lanka

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:25 AM

    What a hypocritical view.... As long as your a Rajapakse you can act the way you want....but alas if your not then you cannot. God Save Our Country!

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:26 AM

    Well said ayesh!. You absoltely right!

    Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:29 AM

    General is the true president appointed by people ! That's it !!

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