Gota says Fonseka a traitor

7 June 2010 05:17 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in an interview with the BBC, termed former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka a liar and a traitor for attempting to testify against the army on allegations of war crimes.

In the BBC Hard Talk segment Rajapaksa also questioned if fighting terrorism was a crime and insisted he had not committed any war crime nor has the Sri Lankan army. He said the claims allegedly made by General Fonseka to the media regarding war crimes committed by the military was politically motivated.

“He is a liar. For betraying a country, lying, betraying soldiers…isn’t that a crime? Isn’t that treason,” Rajapaksa asked the BBC interviewer. Rajapaksa also ruled out any possibility of an independent, third-party investigation of alleged war crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE in the final phase of the war.

"We are an independent country, we have the ability to investigate all these things," he said. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 14

  • Monday, 07 June 2010 08:09 PM

    People who oppose the government are called 'traitors,' in the kingdom of Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 07 June 2010 08:21 PM

    If one is genuine, one can face any inquiry.

    Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:01 AM

    It would do mighty well for all the three Brothers to refrain from giving interviews to overseas TV Channels in English until they master the language and its nuances well. We had an excellent reputation with out past leaders speaking in immaculate Engilsh earning praise from foreigners those days. And now at the rate they are going, we will have to very soon write the Obituary for the Queen of England as they are murdering her constantly.

    Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:01 AM

    Gota, well done the Brave Lion. We are with you forever.
    Go ahead when dogs bark.

    Monday, 07 June 2010 05:50 PM

    It's a meaningful reply to the entire world.

    Monday, 07 June 2010 05:55 PM

    No, he is not!

    Monday, 07 June 2010 06:03 PM

    One thing good about this gentleman is that he is a 'straight shooter.'

    Monday, 07 June 2010 06:33 PM

    Cannot agree more!

    Monday, 07 June 2010 06:37 PM

    True.

    Monday, 07 June 2010 06:44 PM

    Well said, Mr. Defence Secretary!

    Monday, 07 June 2010 06:53 PM

    Well said sir!

    Monday, 07 June 2010 07:17 PM

    Why? Because he contested against your brother?

    Monday, 07 June 2010 07:21 PM

    Sir, he is a hero, as much as you are! The people know that Gen. Fonseka is not a traitor!

    Monday, 07 June 2010 07:41 PM

    Zero diplomacy!


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