Provincial Development Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that it is unjust to protect wrongdoers for the sake of being war heroes clad in military attire and that every politician and every leader of the government should understand that fact.
Addressing a meeting at Kiribathgoda on Monday, Filed Marshal Fonseka said soldiers who committed murders and rapes were punished and hanged and former leaders of the government had punished wrongdoers on behalf of the people.
Addressing journalists, later he said: “We are aware that the soldiers who committed rapes and murders were punished. Those who were accused of murder and rape of Manamperi and the murder of Embilipitiya students were hanged to death. Then the leaders of the government took decisions in favour of the people. The leaders should always be on the side of the people. Some people say that I am a traitor. Those who say so were afraid of going beyond Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The people breathe in freely because I finished the war. That is why the media also write at their will. If I am a traitor who has finished the war, then are those who robbed the properties of the country and those who killed the people using white vans and their disciples who committed corruption and frauds patriots? There are such disciples in Kelaniya also. I have a problem of understanding them in the true sense of the word: patriots. I gave orders to an army of 200,000 soldiers. One person who was in that army was Jagath Jayasuriya. He was not involved in the operations. The president should be held responsible if he had involved such a cowardice which affected the people when I was giving orders to an army of 200,000.The Army commander is responsible for lawful acts only. The ministers and members of the parliament act as the representatives of the people. There is no change in the army in the past or present. The majors and captains were punished and hanged for wrongdoings,” he said.
He also pointed out that the leaders of the government in the past took actions in the name of the people and that the expectations of the people should be fulfilled.
It is not acceptable to shatter the aspirations of the people for the sake of a person being a war hero. Every leader should understand it, he said.
He also said what is said in every media channel and newspapers cannot be believed because they are fabricated and spread distortion among the people. (Lal S. Kumara)
Provided SF had acted when he came know about it during the war. JJ was the commander in Jafna during he was the chief of army. SF took the cridit out of the commanders and the soldiers expence and now tring to betray them. This govt shall be responsible for these meaningless utterances
GH Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:04 AM
When you were not hanged, there is no JUSTICE in Sri Lanka.War won by MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE AND GOTABAYA.
Mastermind Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:04 AM
Not Really Kid.....Real mastermind is Karuna Amman
malik Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:50 AM
Not Really Kid, Even Karuna Amman was defeated by the LTTE and had to flea the east
chandradeva Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:24 AM
Law is equal to every body. There is no license to do criminals by using UNIFORM. They Should be more discipline.
Jaffna citizen Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:26 AM
Sir,we salute you for destroying the Tigers who were also the enemy of the educated Jaffna Tamils.But as a military man you have never mentioned anything about the the atrocities committed by the Indian Army in Jaffna.
Hiran Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:28 AM
Jaffna Citizen, IPKF was not commanded by SF. So, he can not make any comments on IPKF.
dp Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:02 AM
its the difference between $ and Rs
iemerald Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:37 AM
so sad. this SO CALLED (to repeat his words) war hero has lost his marbles.
makalu Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:39 AM
No one knows more than Sarath Fenseka who are the war criminals and who are the war heroes as he was the Army commander at the time of war. There may be less than 1% in SL Army who committed war crimes. So it is paramount duty of the current govt. to find them out and punish them.Without doing that the country will never able to preserve the good name of Sri Lanka army and the good name of Sri Lanka in the international arena.
jim brown Wednesday, 06 September 2017 06:00 AM
" Good name of the Sri Lankan army " ? what good name ? what planet have you been living on ? internationally the SLA has a reputation for serious and so far unpunished war crimes.
surasena Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:06 AM
There must be a clear line between criminals and heroes. If the roughs who killed youth for money extortion is considered as “War Heroes”, then what about men and women who lost their lives and limbs on the battleground? If lunatics who raped and killed young women who seek refuge within the safety of Uniforms is branded as “War Heroes”, then what about brave men who went an extra mile to save general public from terrorists. And always the former is extreme minority as the latter is the vast majority; who are truly heroes, with or without decorative medals.
BUSHEL Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:22 AM
YOU ARE NOT ELECTED BY PEOPLE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHY DID YOU DISSOLVE YOUR PARTY?
weera Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:23 AM
SF is hundred percent correct. He is a real leader but Sri Lanka is not fortunate to have a leader like him.
Nish Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:32 AM
Fonseka doing all these to protect him from war crimes charges and to protect his green card. Such a low life.
Hiran Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:33 AM
My3 must act sensibly and do not play for gallery. He was not the commander of the Army and he would not have got any clue on what atrocities had been done by a very small group of rouge officers. If My3 tries to protect these rouge officers, the international community will punish everybody and also SL may go through various economic embargos. It is practically impossible to believe that all the 200, 000 Army personnel acted as saints in the war!
Lanka Tuesday, 05 September 2017 02:50 PM
for a person who is definitely a arm chair critic? Armed forces personnel were not playing hide and seek. They were waging a war against murderous LTTE terrorists. Few incidents would have happened but these are the facts of war. Are you punishing the LTTE supporting Tamil Disapora who are guilty as hell for all the atrocities committed against the SL people!!!
Senewi Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:43 AM
SF is also a "so called war hero".
Jema Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:45 AM
Is this News paper publish by Sirikotha?
Sharon Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:47 AM
aza Tuesday, 05 September 2017 03:57 PM
SF shows his inability to act as a responsible minister ,everytime he opens his mouth he shows his ignorance
Upul Tuesday, 05 September 2017 06:49 PM
My personal opinion is that he calls, a spade a spade. As a breed, the politicians are always thinking about their survival and doesnt like to say things which are harmful to their political life. If a person is engaged in criminal activities wearing a military uniform, thinking he is shielded by the uniform, then that person is undermining the countrys legal system. No person should be above the law, and the law should be applied to every citizen impartially of the persons status.
Ganesh Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:15 PM
Upul, what youre saying is that you agree with out evidence that 70,000/80,000 Tamil civilians were killed indiscriminately...The war crimes are about what happened during then, If this mad fellow SF is claiming that HE is the one who finished the war and the rest didnt go past A'pura then it was under his watch and he should be tried not anyone else. Sure this idiot wants to call a spade a spade as long as its not him.
Jay jay Tuesday, 05 September 2017 06:52 PM
If general public is concerned let them voice their concerns and not a personal reminder from a retarded man with a forcibly acquired title who has personal issues with all those worked hard to eradicate terrorism.
raj Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:20 AM
I totally agree with Sarath Fonseka. There were few bad elements in the army during the war. I would say more than 90% of the soldiers were good. No doubt 10% of the army were controlled by Gota. They only committed war crimes and that lot need to be punished.
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