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Former Army Commander to be indicted in the High Court

Jul 12, 2010 7:18:12 AM - itnnews.lk

Former Army Commander Sarth Fonseka will be indictd before in the High Court for making false allegations against the Defence Secretary that LTTE terrorists who surrendered carrying white flags were ordered to be killed.

The Attorney General informed the Colombo, Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that indictments will be filed today. State Counsel Damith Totawatta informed the Magistrate that the Attorney General had endorsed the indictment by last Friday it will be brought before the High Court today.

Counsels appearing for Sarath Fonseka submitted that there is a risk on Sarath Fonseka’s life has he is being brought in a van. The State Counsel said that the Army had taken over the responsibility of providing protection to the suspect although he is being brought in a van.

After considering the submissions the Magistrate said that a fresh order will not be issued as an order was issued at the last hearing.

The Magistrate rejected the request made by the Defence Counsels to allow the suspect to receive phone calls from his two daughters who are abroad. The Magistrate said that the request cannot be permitted as the suspect is in the remand prison.

The Defence Counsels also requested that the suspect be allowed to engage in physical exercises.  The Magistrate said that the request will be directed to the Superintendent of Prisons.