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Crucial announcement on SF likely on Saturday

17 May 2012 02:48 am - 50     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is most likely to be released from jail next Saturday – on the day of the third year anniversary of the war victory against LTTE separatists, the Daily Mirror learns.

A Senior Cabinet Minister told Daily Mirror yesterday that United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) seniors have pointed out that if something unfortunate were to happen to Mr. Fonseka while in jail, the government might have to face disastrous repercussions locally and internationally.
“Therefore it is likely that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce a special decree as executive president to pardon Mr. Fonseka and release him from jail,” the senior minister said.

Meanwhile, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Tiran Alles who was for a long time engaged in a dialogue with the government confirmed the release of Mr. Fonseka and said it would be, ‘as early as possible’.

“I had an hour-long cordial and successful discussion with President Rajapaksa this morning at Temple Trees and I am confident he will release him soon,” Mr. Alles said yesterday.

He said there were a few minor issues to be sorted out before the announcement of the presidential decree and expressed hopes that the process could be finalized in a day or two.

Mr. Alles who spoke to us from the Navaloka Hospital while visiting Mr. Fonseka said he was having a cough and other than that he was in good health.
Mr. Fonseka, contested the general election in 2010 and was elected to parliament from the Colombo District polling more than 98,000 votes.
Mr. Fonseka was an MP till he was sentenced to serve a two and half year jail term and lost his seat in parliament. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 50

  • Ahmed Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:25 AM

    Glad tiding!

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:36 AM

    What a comical statement from the so called senior. 'something unfortunate were to happen' what else to happen to the Gen. You have done every dirty things to him you can. Irrespective of politics I recon that more than 80% people in this country love him. Better find a proper excuse or keep shut.

    Amila.G Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:49 AM

    Why delay ,Is there any body waiting to cash in to get the credit for SF`s release.

    Marina Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:56 AM


    Hemantha Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:58 AM

    God bless you sir.

    nirosha Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:06 AM

    Thank you USA...

    Prof Hemantha wickra Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:14 AM

    Kotiya nasu veerodara Sinhaya heta abhimanawathwa eliyata eida?

    J.D. Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:15 AM

    The whole nation is waiting to see your release Sir....... May Almighty Bless you.....

    Appuhamy Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:23 AM

    Wake Up Sri Lanka... This is the moment for a big change..

    GodayaG Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:29 AM

    Should be under no conditions.

    ravi Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:32 AM

    Dear Sri lankans , Get ready to welcome our Hero , General Fonseka . He is the person with his master plan won the War. You are the hero.

    Budu saranai !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Renu Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:42 AM

    Thank you Hillary Clinton & USA, our president has gone to see Anoma Fonseka last night. What about other cases filed against him

    Lal Suranjith Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:45 AM

    Thank you everyone for praying for his release, thank you America taking this issue seriously and working on it.

    gilly Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:27 AM

    We are really a happy nation with our old values, god bless our president and our general.

    ahamed Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:31 AM

    It is a very good news 4 most of our people.thanks 4 the decision.

    Minister Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:40 AM

    Mrs. Clington, You could have arranged this meeting much earlier than the scheduled date!

    SL Lower Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:56 AM

    All we need SF & MR to work together. SF dont start fightinng for nothing where country wont be benifitted. Please change your tone & use your ability for development of SL once you released & not to revenge from anyone. Pls

    Priyantha Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:57 AM


    Dhushy Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:41 AM

    Well come our real and dearest LEADER...

    John Friday, 18 May 2012 12:16 AM

    Thanks to International pressure including America's.

    John Friday, 18 May 2012 12:17 AM

    He doesn't like corruption.

    Lalith Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:47 AM

    Hope Every body will work as a team for Sri Lanka's futhure

    RUKI Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:07 AM

    Pls come & save our country. God bless you

    Abey Thursday, 17 May 2012 02:53 AM

    Historical dicision. welcome! kohomath ape rate minissunge
    hadawathe ida thiyenawa.

    Savi Thursday, 17 May 2012 02:57 AM

    May the blessings of the triple gem shine upon you. Dalada samidu pintail wish you good health too!

    Malinda Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:06 AM

    At last good news to SRI LANKA ,,,,, V Need a Change ,, Pls ,,,,

    Prasa Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:31 AM

    Hartiest gratitudes to USA

    pandula Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:34 AM

    We are really a happy nation with our old values, god bless our president and our general.

    Shez Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:38 AM


    Ashoka Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:44 AM

    Best news in the century

    mitin Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:54 AM

    thank you USA!!!

    jayantha Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:16 AM

    Thanks god sf relese we are wating for you since you be jail come back sf you are the most valuable oerson to sri lanka

    Country Lover Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:00 AM

    There were no minor or major issues to sort out when he was arrested overnight justice will prevail

    SURENDRAN Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:17 AM

    Good news , and we expect tamil political prisoners also will be
    released soon,

    David Dias Friday, 18 May 2012 02:36 AM

    God Bless America

    Imasha Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:28 AM

    This will be the turning point of the motherland. Good move...

    shantha madawelass Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:35 AM

    God bless! General.

    Upul Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:41 AM

    serve to the country again as earlier

    DOROTHY Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:28 PM

    What else can we say .........Thank you USA !!!!!

    Upul Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:43 AM

    good oppertunity to serve to the cuntry again

    Rawana Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:45 AM

    "Thanks to America" , "Thank you USA" typical Sinhalese..:))

    Nirmal Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:33 PM

    Hear hear!!!

    Nirmal Thursday, 17 May 2012 03:35 PM

    Well, do you have any trouble with the TRUTH?

    L.K. Appuhamy Thursday, 17 May 2012 10:56 AM

    Hope this is true. It won't be another 13th amendment!


    Noor Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:07 AM

    This is happening truly for AMERICA, not for because General, however it is happening finally, thank to America.

    Puravasiya Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:11 AM

    This is the day for whole Nation to celeberate.

    haraka Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:04 AM

    good news after three years. hold parliamentary elections, and let him contest the elections and win or loose.. we need democracy ,.

    Lalith Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:04 AM

    Hope this will become a good start of a new era

    Amila.G Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:15 AM


    Pradeep Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:17 AM

    New Era of Sri Lanka....

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