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Sarath Fonseka shouldn’t be called “General,” says Dinesh

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The former army commander has no army rank now and should not be called general, Parliament was informed today.

Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena, said in response to an oral question raised by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake in the House, that Mr. Fonseka was cashiered on 13.8.2010 by a court martial, and sentenced by another court martial to a prison term of two and half years on 29.9.2010. “When an officer is cashiered he is .stripped of his rank. When an officer is sentenced to prison he is not eligible for a pension. Thus Mr. Sarath Fonseka is not entitled or to use his former rank of general,” said Mr. Gunawardena.

With regard to Mr. Fonseka’s release from prison in May 2012, he said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had reduced the duration of his sentence under the article 34 of the Constitution.

He said case No.5331/2010 which was being heard in the Colombo High Court was the only case pending against Mr.  Fonseka.
He said no police or military personnel were persecuted or discharged for assisting or working with Mr. Fonseka (Yohan Perera)
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  • Kiri Gamarala Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:18 AM

    Dinesh should not be called a "grandson of Boralugoda lion".

    Thambi Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:56 PM

    He will always be the publics General no matter what and no one can ever change that.

    dutugemunu1 Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:50 AM

    Hierarchy asked you to make this comment and you did.You talk lot about patriotism but in this case according to your concise is this true?

    Concerned Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:53 AM

    He gets some credit from boss for similar statements. Whats why!

    Ram Perera Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:39 PM

    Mr Dinesh, You may not want to call him General but the people of SL accept him as their General who saved the country
    Ram

    Concerned Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:56 AM

    Waco. You are right. Those gentlemen did not go behind their [quote name="Waco"]Dinesh,
    Both Mr. Phlip Gunawardena and Mr. Robert Gunawardena were great people.
    You are a write off.[/quote]
    bosses to add credit to themselves!

    Ben Hurling Friday, 06 June 2014 01:23 PM

    Dinesh is qualified to be appointed as General Fonseka's reserve driver. no offence to drivers of Sri Lanka.

    MZS Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:56 AM

    Is there a law in the country???????

    casmir Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:01 AM

    Yeas , Dinesh talking for nothing , shouting loud for nothing , thanks to MR you there in the parliament , we do,not know who you are or what you are . but we know who is General in our life , we have only one General in our mind ,

    Pls respect people do not smart , yeas that is the low but ... check yours....

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:09 PM

    demote for a simple reason? facts are facts

    chena Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:15 AM

    No No We need to call him "MOD AIYA", but don't call modaiya

    ananda Thursday, 05 June 2014 02:57 PM

    There is only..... one general in sri lanka.....Not like fake doctors and fake professors in poitics via DM Android App

    david fernandes Thursday, 05 June 2014 05:39 AM

    [quote name="M.O.A.Careem"]demote for a simple reason? facts are facts[/quote]
    just another buffoon that is Dinesh Gunawardena. These buggers sit in parliament warming their.... whilst the General won the war and now he is a "zero".

    Abdul Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:29 AM

    General Fonseka, he earned his title "General" after a number of years of dedicated service and sacrificing his life to the countrymen. He is always General in the hearts of millions of people sincere to him in the country.

    aaks Thursday, 05 June 2014 05:41 AM

    What about "Dr" Mervin Silva?

    Kurulu Lowa Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:08 PM

    I does not matter what a person is called, what matter is what he dose and how he behaves. Most of the ministers in the present cabinet can not be called Hon. Please learn how to talk in a soft tome and you too can be addressed at Hon.

    Independent Observer Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:11 PM

    Is Mr G.L.Peiris still a professor ?

    Lion Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:17 PM

    Look he is a the most suitable general the country has produced since independence of this country.He remains a general as the man who save this country for millions of srilankans.We can laugh at the statement made by Denesh who has lost respect.

    sss Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:34 PM

    why don't you take that rank ???

    RK Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:48 AM

    Which law are your talking about? Does this country have a law? If yes then why dont you apply that to all other important matters and not this petty things. General Fonseka was given that title by the government because he deserved it in winning the war. Stripping him from that is never going to reverse the war winning. So he'll still be a "General" in the hearts of the people.

    daya weerasinghe Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:55 PM

    It doesn`t matter what insists......he will allways be "Genaral Fonseca"...They can stip all his medals and ranks and still he will be "GENARAL FONSECA"

    ishanga Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:02 AM

    Relax Gune aiya, who cares. General is still General to us.

    Public Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:22 PM

    If the General had not contested against MR, Gen.SF could have been given double promotions or even more.

    dhammika perera Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:20 AM

    How short your memory.

    Mohamed Fazal Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:53 AM

    He will always be a General for all sri lankan citizens except for the PA Cabinet ministers, we cannot forget him for what he has done to the country and its people. Today every one is living with out any fear is first because of God and secondly because of the General Sarath Fonsekas Liberation of the country from Tigers. This is the truth, Which every in our country knows.

    xpert Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:20 AM

    THEN DINESH GUNAWRDENA MUST BE `GENARAL`?
    YES .HE MUST BE TIRED WITH HIS WAR FOR JUMPING TO DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES

    mmi Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:17 AM

    doctor die as a doctor not awarded names general die as a general culprit die as a culprit this law of nature

    rushy46 Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:25 AM

    Whatever you may say in parliament or elsewhere Dinesh, Fonseka will be a General in the hearts and minds of 20 million people minus the few like you dumbos.

    Raja Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:22 AM

    Comments explains his rank accepted by the general public as "General"

    Nihal BD Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:04 AM

    I shall call him General always. That my right to freedom of expression.

    firebot Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:10 PM

    boys are boys general is a general via DM Android App

    Cobra Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:50 AM

    After all it is the man that we are to be proud of and thankful for and petty ministers with nothing to show except their unconditional devotion to their boss better keep that in mindt!

    Eng.M.V.R,Perera Friday, 06 June 2014 06:01 AM

    He will be known as General SF who won the war that we Sri Lankan can have peace of mind

    Kautiyla Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:51 AM

    This order has come from Major General Dinesh Gunawardana

    Concerned Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:25 AM

    If Dinesh looks at the comments from the general public on his statement in DM today, will he still not feel ashamed of it? No one was rewarded or influenced by DM to make these statements.

    Ishan Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:14 AM

    DDDDDD!!!!! Dinesh

    Robin Hood Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:59 PM

    Once a General always a General via DM iPad app

    w.p.s. weerawardana Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:28 AM

    genaral sarath fonseka is the best genaral in the world.

    Exhorcist Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:44 AM

    History will definitely repeat and there will be no place to hide.

    Waco Thursday, 05 June 2014 07:34 AM

    Dinesh,
    Both Mr. Phlip Gunawardena and Mr. Robert Gunawardena were great people.
    You are a write off.

    bandu Thursday, 05 June 2014 01:51 AM

    According to the law of the country Dinesh is correct.

    Dimuthu Heendeniya Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:39 PM

    Boralugoda Sinhaya kiyala muge maha ekaata kiuwe pada shoo walata who are you to say Sarath Fonseka is not a General He is probably one of the finest army generals of all time .


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