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SF Attends Trial-at-bar

Sep 28, 2010 2:51:19 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Colombo High Court today (28) refixed the trial-at-bar against former Army Commander and DNA Leader Sarath Fonseka for October 4 and 5th.

Fonseka was also present in the Colombo High Court when the controversial “white flag” case was taken up today. He did not attend courts yesterday as he was indisposed.

Court had ordered the publisher of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lal Wickrematunge and its editor Frederica Jansz to be present in courts on the next day of hearing.

Fonseka has been accused of disclosing state secrets for allegedly telling The Sunday Leader newspaper in an interview that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered the shooting of LTTEers who tried to surrender to the security forces carrying white flags during the final stages of the war last year.

Media reports stated that Fonseka’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti had informed court that through court had directed to hand over a photocopy of the note book used by Jansz for the interview with Fonseka only 30 pages had been handed over. He said there were more than 80 pages in the note book.

Following a request made by Ladduwahetti, the Judges had granted permission for him to personally check the notebook.

Courts fixed the next dates for the hearing for October 4 and 5.