The hearing of the “White Flag” Court case against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was postponed for tomorrow.
The Army Legal Officer informed Courts today that Mr. Fonseka is indisposed and was later examined by Doctors of the Navy. However, Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratna Bandara intimated to courts that he was aware that Mr. Fonseka was in good health and was in a position to attend proceedings. In response, the Army Legal Officer said that he did not receive the medical report until he arrived in Courts. Accordingly, the Trial-at-Bar re-fixed the case for tomorrow.
Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, Major General Shavendra Silva and Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to Geneva Shenuka Seneviratne arrived in Courts to give testament. Releasing them, the trial-at-Bar said if necessary they would be re-summoned. The hearing will take place tomorrow. Sarath Fonseka is charged with making a false statement to the Sunday Leader Newspaper that the terrorists who approached Government troops to surrender were murdered on the orders of the Defence Secretary. The Attorney General indicted Mr. Fonseka claiming that his statement had undermined State security as well as the Armed Forces.