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By Lakmal Sooriyagoda


The Colombo Fort Magistrate today rejected a request by General Sarath Fonseka to telephone his daughter who is in the United States. The Magistrate rejected the request saying it is not a facility provided to a suspect under remand.

Fonseka made the request through his lawyer on humanitarian grounds. Meanwhile the General, who is in military custody, also requested that he be allowed to go outside his cell for walks owing to his health condition.

The Magistrate ordered prison officials to consider the request based on prison regulations. Fonseka was further remanded till 26 July.

Meanwhile the State Counsel told Court that an indictment will be filed in the High Court against Fonseka in the HiCorp arms deal.

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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 13 July 2010 08:33 AM

    Not Siri Lanka but Silly Lanka !

    Wickrama Monday, 12 July 2010 10:44 PM

    If the daughter really loves the father, she can come and see him!

    mohandev Monday, 12 July 2010 04:51 AM

    What a shame! after effects of political power greed. True professionals should never dable in politics as it is such dirty game with so much at stake. He is learning the hard way but so soon.

    pandula Monday, 12 July 2010 04:55 AM

    As we know any prisoner can call and meet people from out side at designated time? Why not for him?

    banda Tuesday, 13 July 2010 12:57 AM

    This is not Sri Lanka ...... but Siri Lanka...

    Farook Monday, 12 July 2010 05:53 AM

    To be fair by others kept in remand custody, no one should get special treatment.

    KAMISS Monday, 12 July 2010 05:55 AM

    Now what happens if someone fasts unto death demading to allow telephone calls for the General?

    Bluff Bluff Monday, 12 July 2010 05:59 AM

    When someone passes the prison headquarters at Welikada, he or she can see what is written on the wall of the Welikada prison with a nice picture in big letters. It says "Prisoners are also human beings"

    Aiyo Aiyo Monday, 12 July 2010 06:01 AM

    Time for another fast unto death..

    Concerned Monday, 12 July 2010 06:01 AM

    The general public must know that only the prisoners sponsored by the VVIP:'s can enjoy phone facilities in the prisons.

    bugger Monday, 12 July 2010 06:06 AM

    Anyway he is no ordinary suspect.why can't the courts grant this simple request

    Charlie Monday, 12 July 2010 11:53 AM

    Pandula,

    Where? In heaven may be?

    malkanthi Monday, 12 July 2010 06:19 AM

    SF is very shrewd, knows how to make use of every opportunity, inability to deal with this insightful man seem the reason for the authority to cut every avenue available!

    Faqi Monday, 12 July 2010 06:24 AM

    This is definitely a violation of his human rights; not allowing him to talk to his daughter.

    Cynthia Monday, 12 July 2010 12:03 PM

    I am sure MR will not come and give him water.

    rajarata Monday, 12 July 2010 06:27 AM

    THIS IS SRI LANKA !!!!!

    Malin Monday, 12 July 2010 12:10 PM

    Please allow SF to contact his son-in-law Danuna so that the CID can find out where he is.

    CW Monday, 12 July 2010 12:16 PM

    Did you all cry when Gen Janaka Perera was not allowed to keep his security & meet ordinary soldiers?

    Nihal Monday, 12 July 2010 12:32 PM

    Yes. Being a TRAITOR he is treated lightly...

    Ranjana Monday, 12 July 2010 06:49 AM

    Can someone or an eminent lawyer explain why a father cannot speak to the daughter even when in remand custody. Is it a violation of HR, IF she is here can he communicate at the prison?

    PARAMANATHAN.K Monday, 12 July 2010 07:18 AM

    Ours is a democratic country. Gen Fonseka has not been convicted and he is a remand prisoner. Can't he speak to his dear daughter. Is this the treatment meted out to a veteran soldier? Is it right? Is it fair?

    Lulu Monday, 12 July 2010 01:10 PM

    Many Prisners have better benefits than a phone call so why not him???

    Premakumar Fernando Monday, 12 July 2010 07:42 AM

    I think this whole system need to be reviewed. When you are isolated and remanded the only contact with your home is through the telephone and it gives a tremendous mental uplift to the prisoner. I was an inmate and i know how much it helped me to cope with that mental agony because of the usage of the phone.

    optimist Monday, 12 July 2010 01:47 PM

    I think you better do that my dear.

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Monday, 12 July 2010 07:50 AM

    WILL SOME KIND HEARTED PERSON ON HUMAINTARIAN GROUNDS PERMIT S.F TO SPEAK TO HIS SON-IN-LAW BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER MEANS OF COMMUNICATION IN ORDER THAT HE COULD BE TRACED BY INTERPOL AND ARRESTED.

    Sheran Monday, 12 July 2010 08:04 AM

    I think all the prisoners in SL Prisons should be granted the right to call or talk to siblings where ever in the world they are and take healthy walks at the prisoner's request.

    Ransith Gunawardena Monday, 12 July 2010 02:27 PM

    Nomarena minissu

    Ransith Gunawardena Monday, 12 July 2010 02:27 PM

    Well done Sir...

    Nishantha Rajapakse Monday, 12 July 2010 08:10 AM

    pointless talking about this nonsense machang...

    Yehiya Zavahir Monday, 12 July 2010 03:30 PM

    GSP will return with SF

    citizen1 Monday, 12 July 2010 03:41 PM

    Don't blame the country. Please put the responsibility on those with the power to do any damn thing they wish!
    (and get away with it)

    citizen1 Monday, 12 July 2010 03:43 PM

    That person might actually die at the end or be arrested.

    Susantha Monday, 12 July 2010 06:47 PM

    Well, his daughter can come and see him - that's the usual procedure!

    Romesh Monday, 12 July 2010 10:23 AM

    This is barbaric. He is no ordinary prisoner. I am not a SF supporter, but he should be allowed a call. As an ex-military general of our country.


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