Election Commissioner and Mangala Samaraweera under house arrest?


By Sri Lanka Guardian Correspondent in Colombo

(January 27, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Retired general Sarath Fonseka in an exclusive interview published in a YouTube recording attached to his Facebook account speaks about his impending arrest and a plot to assassinate him. In a facebook message he has called upon those in Colombo or near Colombo, “to please come in front of Lakehouse immediately”.

According to a Bloomberg report, Rauf Hakeem, a well known Muslim leader who was a key figure, supporting the retired general Fonseka’s bid for election said, “The former general is being prevented from leaving the hotel by soldiers and all the opposition parties and allies will appeal to the government to ensure that his movements are not restricted”.

There are strong rumours floating about in Colombo that the Election Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake is being held against his will and that the results that have been announced are not authenticated according to election law. Many observers claim that they were not allowed to observe the counting and that they were chased away before or during the count. Many sources say that the claim of victory by the president is false.

Meanwhile Mangala Samaraweera and Prebath Jayasekara of Matara, members of the opposition against Mahinda Rajapakse, are being held under house arrest and prevented from contacting anyone from outside. They are not allowed to use their telephones, according to a close family member. Samaraweera and Jayasekara have been told that they are to be arrested after a warrant is obtained from a magistrate.