Surrendees never ordered to be shot - Maj Gen
Nov 16, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Major General Shavendra Nandana Silva, 46, giving evidence on the second day before The Trial-at-Bar hearing Sarath Fonseka’s white flag issue yesterday said that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at no stage told him, who was in-charge of the 85 Brigade, to eliminate the LTTE cadres who come with white flags to surrender during the last stage of the war.
He was examined in Chief by Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratne Bandara.
The Bench consisting of Colombo High Court Judge Deepali Wijesundera (President), Colombo High Court Judge W T M P B Warawewa and Colombo High Court Judge M Z Razeen. Major General Shavendra Silva said The Sunday Leader Editor Frederica Jansz’s story appeared on the front page of December 13, 2009 was totally false. There was no truth at all in that story -”Gota ordered them to be shot.”
A few days prior to the article was published in The Sunday Leader on December 13, 2009, Frederica Jansz had telephoned the Major General and had asked him about what Defence Secretary had told him about the LTTE leaders who came to surrender with white flags. The witness had told the Sunday Leader Editor Jansz to contact the Army Media Director.