Minister and Field Marshal, Sarath Fonseka said today he had information on the crimes committed by former army commander Jagath Jayasuriya, the then Vanni commander and that he was ready to give evidence if proper legal action was instituted against him.
“I received complaints that Mr. Jayasuriya was engaged in crimes as Vanni commander with regard to those who were arrested. He continued the same strategy even after he was promoted as army commander. I have information regarding those who committed the crimes. I am ready to explain the crimes committed in detail if proper legal action is instituted,” he said.
The minister told a news conference that he attempted to launch an investigation against Mr. Jayasuriya just after the war had ended but he was removed from the post of army commander when the investigation was launched.
“I was aware that he committed crimes and I tried to initiate an investigation. As the initial step, I arrested Mr. Jayasuriya's Aide-de-camp,” he said.
The minister said crimes had been reported from certain places and added that he was of the view that an investigation should be launched to find out those who committed such crimes to protect the dignity of the country and the army.
"They are not crimes that the army has to be collectively responsible for but they are isolated incidents committed by a few individuals. We need to reveal those incidents and punish those involved,” he said and added that if proper action was not taken within the country, the UN and the Security Council could do so according to international conventions.
“If there had been any crime, legal action can be taken against those involved according to martial law. Country’s law is not necessary for that,” he said.
When asked if he was ready to give evidence against Mr. Jayasuriya before an international court, he said it should be decided by the government. (Ajith Siriwardana)
michael Friday, 1 September 2017 17:50
Now are you going 2 call him a Terrorist anti war hero ?. He has said the truth. Any one who has committed a crime should be punished immaterial of his position.
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sovereignty Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:31
It's been two years since you are with this government. did you take any kind of action until now.did you even speak about this before. we don't care about your personal grudges. leave it out of the table. you are a good government employee that's all nothing more than that at all.
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AjithZ Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:56
Fully agree that anyone who has committed war crimes should be punished. However, don't agree with the approach. This is open invitation to international interference. Should have approached a local fact finding commission with all the information.
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Rasheed Wednesday, 6 September 2017 14:57
Mr. Ajith, can we trust the local Fact Finding Commission?What did they find upto now.
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Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Friday, 1 September 2017 18:09
Come on Sir.... now we could see stars on Gotta's face.
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L.P. Mendis Friday, 1 September 2017 18:11
Hon. Minister Field Marshall, now you should come out with the facts and with the help of Justice Minister, try to trap all the culprits in the previous regime, this is the right time.
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dave Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:18
in a war situation civilians causalities and human rights violations cannot be avoided. SF as then commander should insulate his fellow soldiers from this sort of accusations.instead what he does is betray them for political mileage .is diaspora $ at work? at one time he says there were no war crimes and willing to testify. now he says he is willing to testify against his fellow comrades. a proper psychiatric evaluation would tell us a lot more.
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Mason Friday, 1 September 2017 18:11
Sir, to begin with the correct forum for this is to get the Cabinet to approve an investigation. You should convince your colleagues to agree with you. If they be truly committed to reconciliation they will agree.
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Snowy Friday, 1 September 2017 18:11
Sorry sir, you were the commander of the army when these crimes were committed, What action did you take? Did you report it to the commander in chief of the forces? I think you guys are all guilty. I have a bad experience yesterday in Colombo with a man who showed a ID and said he was a man in uniform. The war is over and you guys are the same. It is high time you guys try to be civilised.
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K.P. Leelaratne Friday, 1 September 2017 18:12
F/M - SF is going to play the game at the right time, let's watch and see the consequences, MR will be trapped for sure.
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TKT. Nonis Friday, 1 September 2017 18:14
Boom.... Boom.... now the bomb will blast, hide ...hide Gotta, Field Marshall is in action.
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Damayanthi Friday, 1 September 2017 18:18
definatley.... someone done wrong thing in battle they must be punished ...
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Senewi Friday, 1 September 2017 18:18
Now we can see the true face of SF .
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Nostradamus Friday, 1 September 2017 18:24
Good so. Go on. Some people will call you a traitor. Never mind. Be prepared for a fight and dont give in. via DM Android App
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lion Saturday, 2 September 2017 06:29
he fought 2 wars one with LTTE and one with MR the barren of rouges, Yet he was not defeted indtead he won both. Steel like character will never give in.
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nick Friday, 1 September 2017 18:35
dont u think this is more like a children play what a sad story for a great win of terror for the country ultimately sf too responsible if he claims some war crime took place as he failed to stop them by holding a higher post via DM Android App
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Sarwan Friday, 1 September 2017 20:03
This cofirms that state terror and genocide of Tamils existed from 1971. Yes state terror overwhelmed and became barbarous, and the Sinhalese became uncivilised
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predictor Friday, 1 September 2017 18:36
This what international community and tamil say. via DM Android App
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Be Fair Friday, 1 September 2017 18:44
C'mon Sarath you could do better than that.I thought you were of better brred than this. But aren't we Sri Lankans all the same. So probably you are doing the right thing in that sense
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kumar Friday, 1 September 2017 19:45
This is just HOT AIR.looks like his time is also numbered.
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Manithan Friday, 1 September 2017 20:04
If he had commited crime it should be investigated, if proven be punished by the law 0f the country be it martial law or civil law. we need no international legal intervention
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Rodney Sylvester Friday, 1 September 2017 20:05
Hon Field Marshall, it is better now first you start with Jagath Jayasuriya and automatically Gotta and Mahinda will be trapped. Good show... good plan.
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dp Friday, 1 September 2017 21:47
SF was commander of the army. and directly responsible for whatever he has to reveal..[if there is any] he did nothing about it when he was ..in command. even white flags he denied...Sf should be referred to a psychologist.
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Dickie bird Friday, 1 September 2017 21:33
Wel Vidane, why did you wait untill now?You wanted to take action but you did'nt.... Thats aiding and abetting.I believe, you were the commander in crime. Your evidence are just hearsy.
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Ranjan Saturday, 2 September 2017 06:05
His face shows what sort of dirty fellow he is. Revengeful type with no brains..
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lion Saturday, 2 September 2017 06:26
Now the rouges will be in forefront led by A grade rouge labeling the man as Ranaviruva. Clan may come to the town wrapping jayasuriya with milk white cloths. Go ahead Sir these are the people who brought shame to our country. We had seen what nandicadal war hero has done in resent times. Expose gotha who fled the war at the beginning medically condemning himself with the assistant of his brother who was a MP at that time.
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Nalaka Gunasinghe Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:18
MP Fonseka digging his own grave, Best keep quite.Nalaka
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Pissa Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:41
sir,First of all you should resign from cabinet and give up politics. You cant engage in Politics as a Field marshall.
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Dp Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:07
Resign? From parliament?? R u nuts? The people elected him because they know he is the only non corrupt gentleman to represant them.see how he safeguards his fellow soldiers.
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Bala Balakirishan Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:51
Its about time Mr SF
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Ananda Nalanda Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:57
The Army SF 'commanded' even while in China on a holiday paid for by a Chinese company even at the climax of the war, has been shamed enough by him (SF).He should wear his FM uniform more, to shame that also
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Leo Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:28
Of course you were in China, Pakistan, and in Israel trying to secure weapons to be imported through your son in laws company when other were fighting for the country.
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Neo Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:31
The moment someones becomes an UNPer he/she become anti national, self hating and ungrateful. Why is that?
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MD Saturday, 2 September 2017 08:42
It's been 2.5 years since this government took over. And I'm still waiting for them to take out the trash (Mahinda, Gota, Shriyanthi, Basil, drug-dealing Ministers, comis kaakka civil servants, arms-dealing politically-appointed-grade-school-diplomats, War criminals in the military, and former Tamil terrorists), they still haven't, they don't have the 'pana'. Extremely disappointing.
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suresh Saturday, 2 September 2017 09:13
now what do the 'patriots' have to say when it is confirmed by none other than the commander himself, who knows better?So all these talk of LTTE, Tamil diaspora etc. is after all bull shit to just cover crime
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Citizen Saturday, 2 September 2017 09:15
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Sahan Saturday, 2 September 2017 13:45
That one word explains everything about SF.......
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Pramod Fernando Saturday, 2 September 2017 15:30
What a shameless man.
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Dayawathie Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:39
What a low class man is this SF ?. He knows that whatever he say or whatever he does this present Govt. cannot do anything against him. But the day will come again when he has to answer all these allegations. MR will have the last laugh, again.
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ceylon Saturday, 2 September 2017 18:48
many militarymen are realy not militarymen.they never follow rules.they simply criminals wearing uniforms.this is srilanka corrupt and murderous culture. via DM Android App
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Kondadeniya Saturday, 2 September 2017 21:51
FM S. Fonseka, No harm you give evidence against JJ if you have definite facts to say he was involved in crimes. But this should be done in a local court but never in a foreign / International court.
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Martin Milton Sunday, 3 September 2017 17:30
Utterly and totally disgraceful! What more can one expect from a traitor ?
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Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 4 September 2017 09:44
Shame on you Mr. SF; nothing but hatred, animosity, opportunity to get revenge, political expediency, so on and so forth. Even if there is an iota of truth in what you say, why so late.
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