Buddhist prelate says Fonseka should appeal to President

(October 07, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A leading Buddhist prelate today said that if former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was to be pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mr. Fonseka will have to make a personal appeal to the President.

“There is no use of others such as the Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe appealing on behalf of him. Mr. Fonseka himself should make an appeal”, Ven Kamburugamuwe Vajira thera told a press conference at the Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita. He was accompanied by Ven Vatinapaha Somananda thera.

Meanwhile, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella addressing the post cabinet news conference at the Government Information Department said that the appeal should be made by Mr. Fonseka, his wife or his children.

"Our question is why Mrs Fonseka can't make the appeal to the President directly and why are other parties appealing on behalf of Mr. Fonseka', he said.

On Wednesday Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that the President himself was empowered to remit the sentence passed on Fonseka and there was no constitutional requirement that Mr. Fonseka himself should make an appeal.
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