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Audio: Fonseka lashes out at Army hierarchy

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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka lashed out at those in command in the Army for the alleged inaction to arrest the culprits involved in the assault on an Army intelligence officer.

 “We heard that the military is trying to take action against this officer who was an innocent man assaulted by the thugs. The Generals in command are showing their cowardice by trying to take action against the army officer before the Police take action against the culprit,” he said.

Mr. Fonseka said if an incident of this nature had occurred during his tenure in the Army he would have ensured that the culprits were arrested.

“Fortunately we were professional officers and nobody would go down to the level of treating any officer or soldier like this.  I would have definitely ensured that legal action is taken against the culprits and I would have gone to any extent to do this. If I was the Army Commander I would have ensured that Malaka Silva was arrested,” he said adding that there was an attempt to cover up the incident right from the beginning.

 “We have information to say that when the Army Major who was injured was admitted to hospital the Director of the National Hospital had tried his utmost to discharge the Major without treatment but the doctors had refused to do so,” he said.

The former presidential candidate and leader of the Democratic Party said this wasn’t the first time that the law did not take its normal course.
 “This isn’t the first time similar things have happened sons of government politicians have continued to misbehave and there was no proper action taken against them. There is a minister and also a man in charge of the law enforcement authorities in the country. He seems to be deaf and blind and this is a very pathetic situation. I don’t think this type of thing would happen in any civilized country. It happens in this country because the culprits are being looked after by powerful politicians. There is no action taken against them and therefore there is no place for people to go seeking redress,” he said.

Responding to statements made by Minister Mervyn Silva who reportedly said that Fonseka had to hand over his son in law first to the Police prior to calling for the arrest of Malaka Silva, the former Army Commander said his son-in-law would face the court of law when the law applies equally and judiciously to all citizens.

 “My son in law is not with us and we don’t know where he is. This man Malaka Silva is out in the open and even went to the Kelaniya temple with his father who is a minister. My son in law is in hiding for three years because during the presidential election my opponents planned to arrest him on bogus charges and kill him. He will come out when there is law and order in this country,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)


 
 

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-236+41 # Nihal 2012-09-15 06:33
You just make statement with out doing anything to change the situation
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-19+174 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2012-09-15 07:06
Don't be an idiot. He is doing whatever possible, given the conditions of release.
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-13+84 # Elu babath 2012-09-15 12:35
Agreed - this set of rogues who are in power needs to be kicked out.
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-12+118 # Sarath 2012-09-15 07:35
What the hell is SF supposed to do? Arrest Malaka Silva?
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-7+34 # Prem 2012-09-15 12:14
what are you supposed to be done to the culprit if you were the victim
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-4+41 # Manik 2012-09-15 07:50
Do you think Gen Fonseka can change the situation when even the judiciary is helpless when politicians stoned a courthouse. I fully endorse what he has said because there look at Sudarman Radaliyagoda who is under court warrant but not arrested.
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-6+46 # Dammika 2012-09-15 08:23
How can he? His civic rights are been cut .... cannot contest elections .... mind you not only Sri Lankans the whole world knows he won the Presidential Election.

At least he opened up with opinions
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-23+5 # Junior Citizen 2012-09-15 20:03
tell the courts that heard election petition -Even his lawyers did not raise the issue
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-6+1 # lucky peiris 2012-09-16 02:25
may be you are dreaming? he won Presidential Election? where in banana republic?
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-6+58 # weha 2012-09-15 08:30
What do you want him to do? go and 'strengthen the arms' of the big guy?
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-10+82 # sam 2012-09-15 08:44
you dumbo Nihal, how can SF try to do anything when there is conspiracies against this innocent man in this country? he tried to change and things changed and he was put into trouble
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-7+28 # rumma 2012-09-15 11:15
ow ithin.. computer jilmart thiyenakal lankawe kisima wenasak karanna wenne ne.. SF or no one else will be delared the winner although they have won the election.. how can the UPFA still be winning elections when everyone just hate this currupt government.. they win elections through thuggery and computer jilmart only.. only a thing like what happened in Pakistan, Libya can save Sri Lana now.. hope someone will step up to do such a thing for the betterment of Sri Lanka..
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-5+36 # Ben Hurling 2012-09-15 14:11
Get your head examined Nihal.

General SF has done more than enough for Sri Lanka.

Even in retirement, he provides a backbone of steel for the opposition.

People who oppose the corrupt family clan in power should support General SF.
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-4+24 # cxcb 2012-09-15 06:54
he has no power except exploring the news to the world. least that is good than keeping mouth shut like may others.
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-5+73 # Gonibilla 2012-09-15 07:41
I am sure the army will not let this incident go without any action by them. Sooner or later the little thug is going to regret and papa may commit suicide like he threatened!!!!!
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-1+21 # raymond 2012-09-15 16:42
I sincerely hope papa Mervyn commits suicide for the betterment of the country !!
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-2+16 # Jagath Leanage 2012-09-15 07:43
Well said General. What we can see now is "Law of the jungle". We knew, without taking the real culprit, an innocent Major will penalized regard to this incident. Why? M.R. is scared to take action against these thugs. In time to come we will not be able to travel in a road when these "GOONS" are traveling in the same direction. Wonder of Asia :(
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-5+38 # Amandana 2012-09-15 07:53
Nihal How he can change the situation ,with out civic rights and UNP (RANIL) is not given any chance for him to make Common front.
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-3+56 # Wishful Citizen 2012-09-15 08:06
Give it a few more days, the entire incident would be forgotten.. The poor Army officer would face harassment at work and suffer heath problems and Malaka would be partying in night clubs !!
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-2+18 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2012-09-15 15:14
Well said "Wishful Citizen"! Golden words!! We are a pathetic Nation. Mr. President does not want dirt in his hands so he is keeping quiet. But was very fast to recognize the poor soldier who toiled on his own to bring honour to the country. The Major would have been one in the midst of flying bullets risking life and limb for us to live. So, c'mon Mr. President, crack the whip even now and put the culprit in prison!!
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-4+23 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-09-15 08:17
Under the new commander, the army has become a weak entity pandering to the wishes of the politicians. Nothing will happen in this case too as were the other various incidents involving both Mervyn and his son. The million dollar question is : "Who is Afraid of doctor Maravin"? and Why? Answer to that would help in solving a lot of crimes in this country!
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-1+3 # MagodisThuma 2012-09-16 06:29
Mervin knows deadly secrets !
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-7+60 # Harris 2012-09-15 08:17
Well said General Fonseka. Only people of your calibre will speak the truth and speak it boldly and courageously.Wish you were the President of this Country. There would have been law and order.
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-3+19 # Nelanka 2012-09-15 08:24
Mr.Fonseka,

You need to bring a change ASAP,re-group your brave men who were with you,re-group the deadly Mahasohon Brigade and take each one,one at a time.Time is running out for our mother Land.
Its NOW OR NEVER.

Now we have Army top leaders like lady boys,we need our true Hero's back.Any idea where is Cap.Naleen who was in the LRRP?Need guys like that.\
All the best in finding the top guns and bring peace and love to our country.
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-0+0 # winind 2012-09-16 11:43
Amen!
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-8+65 # saman 2012-09-15 08:29
What ever you say Sir. You are our one and only war hero
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-3+29 # meranchi 2012-09-15 08:34
this is the reality in this government up side down.....i
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-3+41 # Nelanka 2012-09-15 08:38
Mr.Fonseka,

Please bring back and re-group the Mahasohon Brigade,and take each one,one at a time.

ITS NOW OR NEVER.
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-1+34 # liyanage 2012-09-15 08:39
When will in our country apply the rule of law impartially to all common people, who don't have any political affiliations.
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-51+10 # SudhuPancha 2012-09-15 08:44
He hehehe. Kettle calling the pot black!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
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-42+4 # habeeb 2012-09-15 08:52
We had a great regard for you. But since you withdrew your apeal, you have accepted the verdict, You put your self down under. a military man never take his foot back, he will keep going forward. But you dont have that Guts.
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-2+16 # kim 2012-09-15 08:53
the in sri lanka is that you must be in the official uniform then only the law comes in to action so hereafter no officials must be in civil, all cid must be in official uniform
it is a paradise for tugs
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-3+44 # mridwan 2012-09-15 08:55
What he can do when main opposition leader is a part of MR govt
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-5+31 # ballo 2012-09-15 08:57
our HERO
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-1+45 # hasitha 2012-09-15 09:10
NlIHAL- Yet another IDIOT doing marketing for ................
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-0+1 # Sandeep 2012-09-16 09:41
You think so, I am not man, why some of our guys cannot undestad
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-3+36 # Siripala 2012-09-15 09:17
Well said former army commander
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-17+9 # Bonda 2012-09-15 09:23
Hello General, Make hay while sun shines
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-2+20 # perumal 2012-09-15 09:29
If there is no law and order, how can anyone surrender, how can anyone be arrested?
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-2+27 # ameen 2012-09-15 09:33
YOU ARE RIGHT SIR,THIS IS SRILANKA
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-37+4 # don 2012-09-15 09:57
throwing stones while staying in glass house. For the benefit of the country and him self the General should put his personal agenda aside and take a rest..
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-1+23 # Nodrog 2012-09-15 10:37
No doubt with you in charge the likes of Mervyn Silva and others will be put in their rightful place.
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-3+27 # Deborah 2012-09-15 10:59
General its useless saying anything. This guy Malaka is out in the open and will never be prosecuted in a court of law, at least his father will see to it that he is not.

The hierarchy in the Army should take steps to protect their officers and soldiers, who have valiantly fought a battle and won it,leaving us citizens to walk the roads of this country fearless. However, the local thugs seem to be having a wonderful time wielding on the lofts of their shadowed powers, so to speak. It was reported that a statement was made that "My son would never assault an army officer or soldier, but he would assault a man" Now isn't this silly. Would this army officer have been in his uniform and all military garb when he went to the Hotel? no I do not think so. Then he would fall into the category of a "Man", as put by this statement. Of course poor little sonny boy would not have known that behind this figure of a "man" was an Army Major!! Tck Tck poor little boy.
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-36+15 # Nihal B 2012-09-15 11:20
If we had Ex. Gen Sarath F and Def Sec Gothabaye on the same side there wont be people like Malake silva Mervyn Silva Duminda Silva etc..etc..
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-0+12 # wishman 2012-09-15 11:34
Just wait, A day will come,
I can remember how Ranatunga's Gampaha home was in August 1977
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-23+6 # Magilin Akka 2012-09-15 12:02
Aney Generaal Thuma. Kata Parissam Kara Ganna.
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-2+31 # Chandadasa 2012-09-15 13:02
Voted for MR all these years but decided never to vote him again! I will vote for anyone who can reinstate law & order.
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-2+16 # Kukka 2012-09-15 13:10
People missed the oppertunity to take these people like SF to bring into power to eliminate corruption. Still wish people will understand to stop suffering of countrymen, by actually supporting this kind of straight personalities.
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-20+3 # sk sarath 2012-09-15 13:14
What is he telling. This has happened at a Club. No body knows he is an Army Officer. So we can't say this has happened to a Ranaviruwa. But generally this type of things shroud not be happened. But we must not take any political advantage from this.
And we as people of the country should appeal to Dr. Mervyn Silva & Gen. Sarath Fonseka, Both to produce their sons to the Police for inquiries.
no party man
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-18+8 # Hewa 2012-09-15 13:22
There is no argument that this thug called Malaka should be arreseted so that the due process of law can be applied irrespective of what his father says that they have a different story to tell. This is for the police to investigate, and not for Mervyn Silva or Sarath Fonseka to judge.
I cannot tthough agree with one of SF's statements, that his son-in-law will surrender when the law and order situaution in SL improves or stabilises; then Malaka can use the same argument and stay in hiding ( or decide to loaf around !).SF's son-in-law .has a law suit against him in the Supreme Court (?) and there is an International Arrest Warrant against him. If there is a threat to his life, he can surrender through his Lawyers. But again this is upto the Courts to decide and not anyone else and that include both SF and his Son-in law.
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-3+18 # dicky bird. 2012-09-15 13:23
hi guys,

The crux of the matter is that POLICE have failed MISERABLY to arrest Malaka Silva a wanted person for an alleged assault on two public servants on duty or purported to be on duty WHEN HE APPEARED AT THE kELANIYA TEMPLE.
Either the police on duty should have arrested Malaka Silva or should have detained him at the Temple Police Post and notified Slave Island Police.
Neither has been done.
IGP need to notify the public what action he intend to take against all Police Officers who were on duty there when Malaka arrived at the temple..... Police Ordinance has wide powers and the Police failed to act.

If & would, will & buts are not relevant here.
POLICE HAVE FAILED & MILITARY INTEL IS ASLEEP.
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-1+14 # Kenon 2012-09-15 13:53
Surely you cant be living in Sri Lanka! Do you think police and army dont arrest Malaka Silva because of their sympathy for him??? They are government officials and they have to obey orders from the very top......or else face the General's fate!!!!!
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-1+1 # Robert Waitforit Van 2012-09-15 23:44
MR. BIRD IS ATTEMPTING TO PUT THE ULTIMATE BLAME ON ARMY AND POLICE! MAY I REMIND YOU THAT THIS WAS WHAT MARVIN TOO WANTED TO CLAIM IN HIS RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE?

THAT CLEARLY POINTS OUT THAT THE POLITICAL "PUPPETEERS" ARE NOW ATTEMPTING TO RID THEIR SIDE OF THE BLAME BY SACRIFICING THE HAPLESS "PUPPETS" ; ELABORATING THIS AS A CASE OF POLICE INACTION, WHEREAS THE REAL DEAL IS UNDOUBTEDLY A CASE OF HEAVY INTERFERENCE IN POLICE WORK !
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-1+11 # Clifford David 2012-09-15 15:03
When the ICC T20 Cricket starts everyone in this country will forget the whole issue and if I am not mistaken there will be price hikes as well on the card.
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-1+17 # Ralph Anthony Kernr 2012-09-15 15:26
Well said General Fonseka. it is basic facts. If the CCTV footage of Hilton Residence, on the day of the incident is telecast, the public would have known the true story of it. Why is it not been shown to the public. the Army shuld have acted long ago.
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-17+3 # Jesus 2012-09-15 17:04
Look who is talking man...wasent is enough Being the army head ,you were locked up....don't wast your time I have respect for you sir...
No matter what we can't change the typical Sinhalese rasicst mind set...
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-1+0 # ranjit 2012-09-15 19:57
We can see with this incident whether our army has any spine o the way they respond. How many are3 languishing in jail without trial but in this case where there is prim,a facie evidence????
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-1+2 # Amit 2012-09-15 19:57
What about your son in law Fonseka? LOL. This is the last guy to talk, lets not forget how he blocked the compensation package to Crp.Yakandawala family- the soldier who saved Fonseka's life. Not only did he do that, he even prevented Yakandawala from being given a proper coffin.
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-0+5 # Curious 2012-09-15 22:07
Never know Malaka will do the disappearance act like his SIL.
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-2+1 # eddy 2012-09-15 22:38
Gen SF, what has happened to Brave & great Officers Like Maj: Gen: Jagath Dias? The Gen: Officer who commanded the 57th Division? The Normal Law & order should apply only to human beings, creatures like Malaka Silva belongs to the k-9 variety, so when they are rabid, you got to kill them, including his rabid father, Army sniper unit, or the LRRP, where are you? Time to take out two mad dogs!! Society would be greatfull to you & God will forgive you!!
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-3+4 # Ranasinghe 2012-09-16 01:19
we are hoping one day General Fonseka will be leading the country and rescue it from looters,corrupt ion,thuggery and illegal drugs.
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-3+3 # Lion 2012-09-16 04:49
Sir you are very correct, The army which vanquished Prabakarn looked meek in front of thug like Malaka.There is no law in this country .Law applies only to those who oppose this despotic regime. Sir please get involve with Rev Maduluwavw Sobitha thero and the other progressive forces to form a political front to counter this despotic regime .Sir never join any of these exciting political parties. Specially UNP which destroyed this country by their ignorant Polices. The executive system of governance must be abolished under any cerumstances.
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