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Fonseka was arrested – Kirialle

The government was duty bound to reveal on whose complaint General (retd) Sarath Fonseka had been taken into custody by the army on Monday night, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

Addressing a news conference in Colombo, he said that the government could not be the complainant and judge both. "The Commander in Chief of the Army is President Mahinda Rajapaksa, so he cannot be the judge as well."

Kiriella said that the 1962 coup attempt by some army officers had been investigated on a complaint made by the then DIG Stanley Senanayake. Similarly, there had to be a complaint by someone other than the government to investigate the allegations against Fonseka.

"Sri Lanka is already in the dog house internationally due its atrocious record on human rights violations. The illegal arrest of General Fonseka will only lead to the country being marginalised further. We demand that he be released forthwith without being hauled up before a military court on baseless allegations," Kiriella said. "This whole exercise is nothing but an attempt to harass General Fonseka because he dared contest the Presidential Election. If President Rajapaksa had genuinely won the election, he should not have been behaving like a loser. He is obviously sacred that many hitherto unknown facts would surface."

Kirielle said that all Sinhala Budhists should be ashamed of the manner in which Fonseka, a war hero, was being treated by those who not so long ago had referred to him as the "best army commander in the world."

He said that the Rajapaksas were not only harassing Fonseka but also all those who had backed his candidature. "UNP supporters have been threatened not to return to their government jobs, especially in the transport sector. When employees keep off from work due to fear they would be sacked eventually," Kiriella said.

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