Gen. Fonseka seeks further time to open evidence in white flag case

(April 20, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka today sought further time to open evidence in the ‘white flag’ High Court Trial-at-bar in view of the current situation which has risen following the release of the UN report on alleged ‘war crimes’.

Senior Defense Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti made an application to Court that Mr. Fonseka be given further time to consider his evidence in view of the local and international implications which could arise.

Mr. Fonseka was ready to open evidence in the case.

The sittings will resume on May 4.

Mr. Fonseka is charged for stating in an interview to the Sunday Leader newspaper that the Defence Secetary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had ordered not to spare any of the LTTE cadres surrendering even if they were coming with white flags.

He is charged for making a false statement to the Sunday Leader, arousing communal feelings and arousing anti-government feelings among the public and creasing disputes among them.

The Trial-at-Bar consists of Judges Deepali Wijesundara (President), W.T. M. P.B. Warawewa and M.S Razeen .

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