By Jamila Najmuddin
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning to seek the release of General Sarath Fonseka, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka told Daily Mirror online.
Mr. Attanayaka also said that the Opposition Leader requested the President to allow him to meet General Fonseka as no one except his wife had been granted permission to visit the detained General.
“Mr. Wickremasinghe explained to the President that General Fonseka’s arrest was illegal. He also requested to him to release the General as soon as possible. Mr. Wickramasingha further told the President that he wanted to meet General Fonseka as no one other than his wife was allowed to see him,” Mr. Attanayaka said.
Mr. Wickremasinghe told reporters on Wednesday that neither the constitution nor the army Act contained any legal provisions for the continued detention of the former Army Commander.
He further charged that Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, Media Center for National Security Director Lakshman Hulugalla and Military Spokesman Prasad Samasaingha had contradicted each other when giving reasons for the arrest and detention of General Fonseka.