Military, Parliament discuss Fonseka

21 April 2010 01:18 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Gandhya Senannayake


The military is in discussion with the Parliamentary Secretary General regarding the attendance of General Sarath Fonseka at the first session of the new parliament which is scheduled to be held tomorrow, Military Spokesperson Prasad Samarasinghe told Daily Mirror online. 

The General is currently detained at the Navy headquarters and in the midst of court martial hearings. Parliament’s acting Secretary General Dhamika Kithulegoda in a letter to the Defence Secretary, this week, had informed him that retired General Sarath Fonseka, elected to parliament from the Colombo district, had been invited to attend Thursday’s inaugural sessions where the election of the Speaker would take place.

He had also forwarded the gazetted list of members elected to parliament, which includes the name of General Fonseka and the letters sent to him by Democratic National Alliance (DNA) general secretary Vijitha Herath and General Fonseka’s lawyer Sunil Watagala.

Mr. Herath and Mr. Watagala in their letters to Mr. Kithulegoda requested him to make arrangements for General Fonseka to attend the inaugural sessions.

President Mahinda Rajapaka is reported to have told United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday that there was nothing to prevent General Fonseka from attending parliament.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 21 April 2010 03:38 PM

    Absolutely right and well said. If SB can why not SF. SF has done more good to our country than any one else.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:09 PM

    HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY AND CUNNINGNESS AT THE SAME TIME.... FIND OUT WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAY AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.... SO MUCH TIME WASTED

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:27 PM

    Military should stay away from parliment proceedings and out of MR politics. Military should focus on country security rather than hittiing against a person.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:55 PM

    General Fonseka is the a member of parliament. elected by the people of Sri Lanka. He has to attend Parliament.
    Gotabaya was not elected by the people but was appointed as Defence Secretary purely because he happened to be the brother of the present President. And there is a question mark if the present President really got more votes than General Sarath Fonseka. Is this democracy??? Sri Lanka cries at its state.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 07:11 PM

    LOL, you are funny ... Our Politicians are not really smart enought to read what is said in the Consititution (some even don't know how to read at all) and act accordingly ... They just act according to their own personal motives and for benefits!

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 10:01 PM

    The military, who got the credit for crushing the 'invincible' LTTE, due to the leadership of General Fonseka, is now trying to bar the very same General from getting some fresh air ... what a very sad state of affairs in Sri Lanka.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 11:00 PM

    I don't know why these politicos are so scared of SF. He is now an elected member of the parliament. Irrespective of his political affiliations, he should be allowed to attend parliament. We shouldn't forget that we have just finished celebrating a "new year free of terrorism," thanks to his efforts.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 01:50 AM

    what discuss?MR cant face SF because of that 4th MR speech?

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:05 AM

    This is the reason why the general public has come to the conclusion that DEMOCRACY has died

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:07 AM

    Samarasinghe, don't beat about the bush, take the General to Parliament without making our country a joke in the eyes of the world.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:18 AM

    Those who wanted to continue the war and earn through it are fully against SF because he finished the war and those officer's income from corruption.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 02:20 AM

    Well Said and a good comment. Agreed.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:00 AM

    maybe he has some dirt on them!

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:00 AM

    The military has nothing to do with the parliament. It's very sad to see a military has become a part of a political campaign. After decades of War, SF has managed to get the right value and respect towards the military, but after now, the military is losing the respect which people had towards them due to this unwanted political interferences. It's a Shame..as a nation..

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:22 AM

    Dont go back to the Cell Sir...
    Stay at the Parliament !.
    There you get Air Con & Super Luxury Meals also !

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:31 AM

    If SF is allowed in Parliment? What happens if he is found guilty in what ever case they have lodged against him. Is he going behind bars??? Can someone comment as to what would happen if he is found guilty.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:39 AM

    If the likes of Mervin, SB, Lohan, etc can enter parliament - why not SF, as he was elected by the people in spite of him being put behindbars without proving him guilty of charges. Mervin is in existence, blessing of the royal family, SB with royal pardon, Lohan with blessing of the former president. However, SF must learn to control his tongue without shooting his mouth - as he did on the battlefield.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 03:51 AM

    MILITARY IN DISCUSSION WITH THE RAJAPAKSE`S , NOT THE PARLIAMENT.

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 04:10 AM

    WHAT A NOTABLE CHANGE IN THE PRESIDENT'S ATTITUDE ABOUT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA ATTENDING PARLIAMENT, IS THIS IS TRUE.... AGAIN I REPEAT IF THIS IS TRUE.

    MR. PRESIDENT YOU COULD WIN THE HEARTS OF THE MAJORITY AND WORK TOWARDS RECONCILIATION IF YOU ISSUE A PRESIDENTIAL DECREE RELEASING GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA FROM MILITARY CUSTODY AND FROM ALL CASES IN THE GREATER INTEREST OF SRI LANKA......

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 04:11 AM

    if SF is a criminal (as i'm sure he is) he should be punished. not allowed to enter politics

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 04:30 AM

    WHAT A COUNTRY WE LIVE IN ????????

    SARATH WHO DEFEATED THE TERRORISTS, AND WON A SEAT IN PARLIAMENT, IS UNABLE TO ATTEND WITHOUT
    THE APPROVAL OF THE POWERS. DEMOCRACY MY FOOT.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 01:41 PM

    What is there to discuss without allowing a ppl's representative to attend the meeting in the parliament ?

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 01:53 PM

    Why this halabaloo.???Why should the General not attend parliament? Is Gotabaya scared or ir Mahinda playing a double game. The General must attend as he was elected by the people and not by the Rajapakses.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 02:40 PM

    it would be denied at any cost as he might talk something to somebody! They will find a reason to avoid his attendance.

    Wednesday, 21 April 2010 02:42 PM

    Looks like the problem is that MR will not attend if SF is there.


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