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Sunday Leader Editor reiterates that the white flag statement had not been denied

Oct 6, 2010 11:13:40 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sunday Leader Editor has reiterated that Sarath Fonseka had not rejected his White Flag statement. The notebook containing this information has been presented to the High Court.

Frederica Jansz gave evidence for the second day today, on the White Flag statement case. She emphasized that Sarath Fonseka, during discussions with her, did not reject the statement that the Defence Secretary had issued orders to kill tiger leaders approaching the Government troops for surrender with white flags. He had repeatedly confirmed the related statement. As such, it was published in their newspaper as the top story. She said she rejected a request made by Parliamentarians Mangala Samaraweera and Anura Kumara Dissanayake to make a correction in the newspaper, as it would not be beneficial for Mr. Fonseka’s election campaign.

Fredrica Jansz said a clarification was published on the 20th of December in the newspaper at the request of Mr. Fonseka. In this clarification, Mr. Fonseka said that not a single tiger leader approached with White Flags even though an illegal order was issued by the Defence Secretary to murder the Tiger leaders who would be surrendering with white flags. All of them died in the war. Even in this clarification, Mr. Fonseka did not reject the initial statement made by him on the white flag incident.

Giving further evidence, the Sunday Leader Editor said she came to know of information related to the white flag statement from journalists who were with the 58th Division, that Mr. Fonseka had initially made the statement on 12th December. But, she emphasized that during her interview on the 8th of December, he did not mention that he received the relevant information from the journalists. The notebook of the Sunday Leader Editor containing the relevant notes, were examined by the Court. Further hearing was adjourned until Monday.