By Kshanika Argent
Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, speaking at a press briefing a short while ago, warned that he will expose government secrets should anything happen to him and demanded that the government stop harassing him.
The former Army Commander said that he has filed detailed documents in which he has listed malpractices of government officials who have been harassing him since he decided to run for President.
General Fonseka said, “If anything should happen to me I’ve given evidence concerning those people who have been threatening my life and evidence of mass scale rigging at the elections.”
The General added that recent developments involving his office premises raided by the STF, his security 'reduced to zero’ and officials close to him either arrested, sacked or harassed, lead to the conclusion that the Government is preparing for his assassination.
He added, “Ninety soldiers were replaced by 4 policemen armed only with pistols. Close associates of mine, who are legally retired from the army have been arrested including 3 generals, 3 brigadiers and 2 colonels today, one of whom the government says is connected to Lasantha’s (Wickrematunge) murder. This is a blatant lie. Twenty staff members from my office were remanded yesterday and the CID confiscated 23 computers and they had no search or arrest warrants on them at the time.”
The General also declared that all law and order in the country has broken down. He said, “You can’t go to the police or the courts. You can be arrested at any time. There’s no media freedom. Everyone is under pressure and cannot carry out their rightful duties.”
On whether the General plans to flee the country he stated, “I have no plans of leaving at this moment. I want to stay and represent the people. If I need to hide in order to survive that’s a different matter. But in any case, I can’t leave the country and neither can my family, we’ve all been blacklisted at the airport, myself, my wife and now my two daughters who study abroad.”
As for the allegations leveled on the General of planning an assassination attack on President Mahinda Rajapakse, the General said, “We stayed at the Cinnamon Lakeside for our own protection, booking 20 rooms on the 2nd floor after we received news that there was going to be an assassination on either the opposition leader or myself. The government is now trying to twist that story, they say whatever pops into their heads without any thought and their stories don’t even match.”
When contacted by Daily Mirror online, Defense Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated, “I don’t think anyone can take him (Fonseka) seriously considering he’s not even a registered voter. A man who talks about discipline and good governance who is not even registered to vote has clearly forgotten his franchise.”
Seen here is Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka gesturing at a press conference a short while ago. Pics by Gayan Amarasekera
EVERY WORD THAT GENERAL FONSKA HAS SPOKEN IS THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. EVERYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND KNOWS IT. we all believe the general
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:26 PM
General go for it!
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:27 PM
ARE THEY STATE SECRETS OR RAJAPAKSE & BROS SECRETS????????????????????
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:28 PM
Hope Keheliya is aware that he is known as the JOKER in the pack!
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:33 PM
Great Keheliya, According to Keheliya man can not have disciplines if he is not a register voter. great!!! Then remove mr Weerawansa from your govt because he doesn't had vote for last election (not the PE the previous one). Are you thinking we as idiots? I voted for MR in PE but I never do the same for GE. We are not fools.
Please give the same security to SF as Wasantha Karannagoda. You should give it. Otherwise this will never end. We Love Sri Lanka and we dont want to impress bad image on our motherland.
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:33 PM
That is blackmail. If he has information that the Govt acted illegally, it is his legal obligation to inform the authorities rather than holding the govt for ransom! He had made several statements - about the killers of Sunday Leader journalists, about the war crimes - he should be held responsible one way or the other.
Saturday, 30 January 2010 03:37 PM
Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:33 AM
ha ha.. This is call war syndrome.
Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:37 AM
We are with you. We are ready to fight against corruption.
Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:11 AM
we are with you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck
Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:27 AM
obviously da second one ne....
Sunday, 31 January 2010 05:57 AM
Ex-General, if he had any credible secrets of politicians, he would have used it during the failed attempt to be the president of our country. Any secret related to war against LTTE is defense propery. Revealing them is a treason under any law of any democratic nation. That includes Sri Lanka. So General is making hollow threats to protect his lost image after the election debacle. The best thing for him now is to just leave politics to politician and fade away.
Monday, 01 February 2010 12:35 PM
Well said Vijay, Treason, Corruption, Suppression, Detention, Violation, Conspiration, Humiliation and Meditation are all our RELATIONS..........
Monday, 01 February 2010 01:49 PM
I and my family hope to give further support in the coming general election.GO ahead Mr.S F
Monday, 01 February 2010 05:03 PM
He shows his stupidity over and over again.
Monday, 01 February 2010 05:09 PM
The time has come for the fallen hero (hero to zero ) who tried pathetically to sell his own motherland & rightfully war heros to US to gain US citizenship to leave with the country & politics with what ever dignity he has if any....
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