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Editor queries why she was not prosecuted if white flag statement was not made.

Oct 11, 2010 12:20:43 PM - itnnews.lk

Sunday Leader Editor Fredrica Jansz has emphasized that after making clarification on the white flag tale, Sarath Fonseka did not reject his initial statement.

She was giving further evidence in the Colombo High Court today. Justice Deepali Wijesungera presided the three judge trial-at-bar. Mrs Jansz opined that after the public of Sarath Fonseka’s interview, a controversial situation arose. Thereafter, in his clarification which as later published, he said that not a single terrorist leader surrendered with white flags. He had said that all of them died in the war. However, in these clarification, Mrs. Jansz said that Mr. Fonseka did not retract on the order said to have been given by the Defence Secretary to the then Brigadier Shavendra Silva.

Pointing out that the JVP unveiled a protest campaign against her and the Sunday Leader newspaper, with the publication of the interview, the Editor accused them of engaging in a campaign making remarks derogatory of her. Thereafter she published an article in the paper on the 3rd of January with further clarifications. She underlined that Sarath Fonseka did not even then rejected the contents of the article. She also mentioned that they had so far not prosecuted her with regard to the white flag statement. Mrs. Janz completed testifying before Courts today. Further hearing will take place tomorrow.