Ranil urges President Rajapaksa to release Fonseka immediately
Written request to be dispatched
Karuna, Pillaiyan, KP live in luxury, Fonseka treated like a criminal - Gayantha


by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP said yesterday that contrary to accusations, it had not abandoned retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka and was writing to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to release Fonseka immediately.

UNP Media spokesman Gayantha Karunathillake told a news conference in Colombo that Wickremesinghe in his capacity, as Opposition leader, was to dispatch a letter to Rajapaksa yesterday or latest by today.

The entire country should be ashamed that a war hero, described as the best army commander in the world, was being treated worse than a common criminal, he said.

"Mr. Wickremesinghe, addressing a party meeting in Galle on Sunday, called on President Rajapaksa to release General Fonseka immediately. This would be followed by a written request today or tomorrow."

Karunathillake, said that it was a disgrace to see former LTTE leaders such as Karuna, Pilliyan and KP leading comfortable lives with public funds, while Fonseka, who was responsible for defeating the LTTE, was being locked up under inhuman conditions.

The UNP, he said, would also be holding countrywide religious ceremonies at

temples, kovils, mosques and churches seeking divine intervention for the release of Fonseka.

"Twenty religious ceremonies have been planned for October alone. On October 8, we would be distributing leaflets at the Fort Railway Station to educate the public about the facts pertaining to the cases filed against General Fonseka and the unfair nature of the convictions," he said.

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