Fonseka's 'White Flag' case interrupted by power failure

(July 04, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian)The ‘White Flag’ case against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka before the High Court Trial-at-bar was interrupted again today due to a power failure.

The case has been interrupted on previous occasions as well due to power failures prompting the panel of judges of the High Court Trial-at-bar to call for action to ensure power supply is not interrupted.

UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya was giving evidence in the case when the failure occurred and the case was postponed for tomorrow.

Judge W.M.T.B. Warawewa observed that nearly Rs eight million had been spent on the park, but no action has taken to provide at least a standby generator for the courts complex.

He said that there were about 20 judges in the complex and therefore a smooth power supply should be ensured.

President of the trial-at-bar Deepali Wijesundara noted that the case would be taken up tomorrow only if the power supply is not interrupted.

In the case Mr. Fonseka has been charged for making an alleged false statement to the Sunday Leader newspaper that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered a military officer not to spare any of the LTTE cadres surrendering even with White flags. Mr. Fonseka has denied the allegations.

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