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By Lakmal Suriyagoda

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the prisons commissioner to ensure General Sarath Fonseka’s right to his parliamentary privileges including attending parliament and advisory meetings. The judge sent a written order to this effect to the prisons commissioner.

General Sarath Fonseka yesterday requested Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to summon the Army Commander before the privileges committee of the House soon.

Raising a question of privilege in parliament Gen. Fonseka held the Army Commander responsible for the breach of his parliamentary privileges by not allowing him to attend a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on July 16.

He said he was now in the custody of the Prison Authorities according to a Court order. “The military should only give me security. Prison officials were ready to take me to Parliament on that day. However, military officers did not allow me to participate in these meetings,” he said.

Gen. Fonseka also recalled how the Speaker used his authorities, to give redress to him during times of such problems that arose earlier.

  Comments - 13

  • Ramzeel Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:26 AM

    Confusing, detained by the Military and orders given to the Prisons Commissioner. Is this bureaucracy or bureauCRAZY.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:31 AM

    Foolish powerful people working behind the scene are the main cause for the down fall of law and order of this country!

    INDIKA Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:47 AM

    Now poor SF fighting alone. No one to back up. First UNP left and now JVP sliding. It's too late when SF realize this.

    Lal Hannadige Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:05 AM

    At least justice prevail in some courts

    Ruwan Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:27 AM

    You are so powerful and important that is why the government is treating like this.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:32 AM

    Parlimentary privilleges should be safeguarded by the Hon. Speaker. Now parliment has become defunt or bind over the breach of previllages enjoyed by the opposition. This gives an implication that law is supreme than the parliment. Am I right or wrong?.

    Kumar Wijayasekara Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:52 AM

    It is admirable that you still have the courage to fight back when all odds against you. No wonder you had same courage to finish off the mighty LTTE.

    Ranjana Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:05 AM

    The Army commander should be charged for contempt of court, and tried and punished sent to jail like S B to serve for atleast for two years

    willows Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:10 AM

    the present army commander is a puppet?

    Ananda Herath Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:23 AM

    Polecats will be the only ones to support him in the end.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:47 AM

    Need to clarify either Defense ministry or the Parliament is more powerful, after Executive President. (Gota or the Chamal after MR)

    Rohan Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:35 PM

    See how our commander is treated by government

    No chance to get fair go for poor tamils


    bash Wednesday, 21 July 2010 01:12 PM

    Doesn't the Prisons commissioner know about parliament privileges, on what qualifications was he made a commissioner, really ????

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