“Sunday Leader” Editor has told the High Court that Sarath Fonseka had told her about the orders given by the Defence Secretary to murder surrendering Tiger leaders during the final battle.
During the interview with her, Fredrica Jansz told the Courts that Sarath Fonseka informed her how the Defence Secretary intimated to Brig. Shavendra Silva by phone to murder the Tiger leaders without permitting them to surrender. The trial-at-bar headed by Justice Deepali Wijesundera was taken up for hearing today. Giving further evidence in the presence of Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratne Bandara, the Sunday Leader Editor pointed out that this interview was held on the 8th of December during the Presidential election period. The interview was conducted at the political office of Sarath Fonseka at Rajakeeya Mawatha in Colombo.
She said that Mr. Fonseka told her in the interview that tiger leaders such as Pullidevan, Ramesh and Nadesan had intimated to several countries including Norway to inform Basil Rajapaksa of their readiness to surrender to the Government. Basil Rajapaksa had thereafter intimated this message to the Defence Secretary. She further told in her evidence that when queried about Fonseka’s statement, Basil Rajapaksa vehemently rejected it. Fredrica Jansz pointed out that when inquiries were made from Sarath Fonseka again of this statement before publication as it was controversial Mr Fonaseka confirmed that no changes should be made to the statement. Further hearing was adjourned until Wednesday.