A tense situation prevailed outside the Colombo High Court in Hulftsdorp yesterday before and after the judgement was delivered in the White flag case.
The Special Task Force (STF) and the Army were kept on alert with some 5,000 personnel deployed in the area to face any situation.
However, when former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was brought to courts from the Prison under heavy police security and with prison guards surrounding him, the people who were gathered outside Court shouted “Senpathiyata Jayawewa.”
Subsequent to the judgment the people forcibly entered the court premises and prevented the jailors from taking Mr. Fonseka back to the Welikada prison and it was with great difficulty that the security personnel managed to take him back to prison.
Hundreds of Mr. Fonseka’s supporters who gathered outside the court shouted slogans and expressed their solidarity. (By T. Farook Thajudeen)