President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed the papers on the 18th evening and handed over the papers to Chief of Staff Gamini Senerath before leaving for Qatar to enable the release of Sarath Fonseka. Papers will be sent to the Ministry of Justice on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekara said.
Last Friday, Colombo High Court granted conditional cash bail of Rs. one million with two sureties of Rs. 2.5 million each on former army commander Sarath Fonseka in the case of harbouring army deserters during the presidential election.
Comments - 53
Prof Hemantha Wickra Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:57 AM
The REAL Lion (who tamed the Tigers) will roar again...
Ling Monday, 21 May 2012 01:25 PM
It seems to me, no many comments thanks to Janapathi. Without the country President pardon, nothing can proceed. Dont bring the US Obama or International community into the picture, they are more worried about themselves about their own regime changes.First is France, Germany next, follow by US, UK.
raj Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:10 AM
Tamils are in the open prison under the command of MR. He should release Tamils from opne prison surrounded by Sri Lanka militay.
reham Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:08 AM
Great President with a soul, In which country that a president would release a competitor????????????
Mahinda Leelaratne Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:24 AM
He should also not bow down to the hunger demand of opposition politicos, who had him for their breakfasts. They did nothing to save the country from bloody terrorism and rather they opposed winning the war. General, this time, please use your brain the way you used to win the war. President, defence secretary, Champika, Wimal and all are the right people to get along with.
Budu Saranai hero!
sarath Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:27 AM
As he was a political prisoner he should be given all his rights robbed by this Govt such as RANK,UNIFORM, PENSION, LAND at Narahenpita, etc. His name should be included as a war HERO in the History of Srilanka. Also he should be given the rights to do his politics as he likes within the constitution of Srilanka. Otherwise a release just to satisfy the USA is not worth. Its better for him to stay in the cell for few months more.
Sagara Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:29 AM
Fonseka will walk free as a man was proven guilty and pardoned.
Nbark Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:35 AM
some other ministers should his own opinion to do every thing...........
Shahim Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:36 AM
We expect in politics again
minnal baby Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:36 AM
Not good news for minorities
piyal samarakone Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:38 AM
Well no matter what when and why - the bottom line is SF should not have been kept in a cell even for a day - simply considering the fact that his total commitment towards the war unlike most of his predecessors. Once again he is our Mcarthur - our Rommel - our Nelson We wish and pray that he will spentd his valuable time with his great family where ever he wish to stay - that is our ultimate satisfaction - Thanks to President's decision we salute you for that.
kiribath Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:54 AM
good news, but its too late for SF to do some thing, as sri lankan political situation has gone from bad to worst.
Nayantha Cruz Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:55 AM
MR had nothing else to do. He bowed to both local and international pressure. In the end the real hero will be free.
rana Sunday, 20 May 2012 04:55 AM
The UPFA govt should apologise to the nation for the injustice it made to the war heroes by depriving their hard-earned pension,by dragging away and jailing to take revange.
No Need-minority Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:00 AM
No need minority welcomes you with pure hearts. This is from your No Need-Minority
Ma hinda Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:02 AM
Shame on you MR. president. You are a shameless president. you had no courage to do this before. You should have never send him to jail and should have face him.
dumindak Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:08 AM
The only lion in the donkey land..
Jayasurya Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:17 AM
Sri Lankan legal system, ? my foot.. Do you think SF would be released without MR or GOTA approval by legal system..
Imran Hussein Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:30 AM
Spot on. Legal System, pressure from outside and within, peoples frustration with the regime and to show the UNHCR (for instant political prisoners) that its recomendations are looked into, while GL jabbering jargons in the US.
Welcome back to civilisation Gen SF.
rebel Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:31 AM
This is what I call discipline and a quiet focus/determination.
Cuthbert Seneveratne Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:37 AM
I would like to know the release condition, so that he be free to do anything he like , otherwise not worth it, I know they wont release him with out condition.
Bagalawathee Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:38 AM
Good luck Mr Fonseka and take care.
Puravasiya Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:41 AM
Sir, do not join any other parties. Declare your program to the country, then all right thinking people all parties will join you to rescue this Nation.
Kuma Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:47 AM
Please don't contest for the next election because you are too old and not healthy to do it according to your family.
ABN Monday, 21 May 2012 10:14 AM
who released SF is it OBAMA????
Real Srilankan Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:24 AM
Any third party pressure? or SF has promised to give up his political involvement in future?
David Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:26 AM
Tragedy of SL are people like "ami" - a country cannot go forward with these type of backward thinkers....
DXB Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:27 AM
I could not understand the criteria of Daily mirror with regard to publishing of comments , appreciate if you can keep your readers know , how you choose to publish comments ,
Ranasinghe Mahipala Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:36 AM
Another darkest day of our history. Releasing this power hungry former soldier and , naive politician must be recorded as one of the biggest blunder of national affairs.
Mangala Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:39 AM
The people of Sri lanka must make im president of the country. He will make the country.
Guy Sunday, 20 May 2012 06:51 AM
All the news point in this direction. I guess the regime wanted to score points over the judiciary. :)
Citizen Sunday, 20 May 2012 07:45 AM
Ho really?? Then is he the one that should be held for war crimes committed to destroy LTTE? Not MR?
Citizen Sunday, 20 May 2012 07:49 AM
If he really is a great man he shouldn't ever think of getting in to politics dirt again. He should have known by now you cant change the way politics is done or he is a fool.
Fayad Sunday, 20 May 2012 08:01 AM
Happy for SF & his family Please keep away from politics you command more respect as a brave soldier.
sahdi Sunday, 20 May 2012 08:42 AM
wonder of Asia........! our real President has to get signature from duplicate president.
Andrzej Sunday, 20 May 2012 09:24 AM
In which country would they jail a competitor in the first place?
karunaratne Monday, 21 May 2012 12:38 AM
Thank you Tiran
Noor Sunday, 20 May 2012 09:25 AM
Hahhha, I heard, Our Kalaniya Thutigemunu is thinking around without sleeping
kalum Sunday, 20 May 2012 10:57 AM
Please peoples sri lanka!! dont deveid this two leaders.Sri lanka need Mr SF and Mr Rajapaksha.
DCOL Sunday, 20 May 2012 11:02 AM
Everyone who blame MR for arresting SF and release him, Are you ready to swallow if he joins the MR? SL Politics...so don't get over excited.. Every Action has an equal and opposite reaction and underlying reason. Wait and see..
Wara Monday, 21 May 2012 03:15 AM
kavindra Monday, 21 May 2012 11:54 AM
ur birth was the biggest blunder of national affairs =)
Inoshan udayanga Monday, 21 May 2012 12:07 PM
Expect in army solger again with Mr JENARAL FONSEKA Gd luk....Ur ar one The REAL LION mr S.F will roar again... Budusaranai!!!
Boatboy Peiris Sunday, 20 May 2012 12:49 AM
Mr President, you just made my day!!!!
Jagath S Sunday, 20 May 2012 12:58 AM
This is the greatest news I heard from Sri lanka after the war Victory.
You are the real hero of Sri Lanka General !
Coconut Donkey Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:06 AM
Better late than never...? not in this case..
sg Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:11 AM
Good news also lession learn to reconcilliation
ami Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:14 AM
This is just to mitigate his ever decreasing popularity ! He knew that SF will be released from the Srilankan legal system soon !
Fusion Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:16 AM
Well, he shouldn't have been sent to prison in the 1st place. But still, this is progress. The Problem is, UNP, JVP clowns will all be trying to take credit for his release. I hope people won't fall that.
Nodrog Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:19 AM
Kudos to SF for not bowing down to the Clan in spite of everything they did to him and his family. No matter what his pride and integrity stayed intact.
Fair N Square Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:27 AM
well said.. you took the words off my mouth... YES no matter what , he proved to be an officer and a gentleman. He could have chosen to bow down and go with the flow, yet he stood his ground with his head held high..... NEVER ever would have he, thought he'd stay a day in prison.. but he did and did well ...
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