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Former Sri Lanka Army Commander's wife responds to President's comments to a foreign media
Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 07:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Retired General Sarath Fonseka's wife Anoma Fonseka in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said the comments made by the President to a Singapore based newspaper indicated that the judgment has already been delivered to a case that is still being heard.
Anoma's letter in response to the President's comments to Singapore Strait Times on General Fonseka states that when the President said he would not grant a pardon to an accused in a case yet unheard, it is clear that the judgment has already been delivered.
"I was both shocked and saddened to note the contents of your interview with the Singapore Strait Times newspaper in which you call my husband a 'politically immature fool.' It was ironic to hear the words now more so since just over ten months ago, he was, in your eyes, the best army commander of the world," Anoma has stated in her letter.
The letter further states, "Your conscience no doubt will convict you of the injustice meted out to my husband, being almost abducted by a posse of soldiers and now kept in an airless, sealed room that does not even allow air into his lungs. I have never heard of a war hero being treated in this manner in any other country. I wonder if anyone would ever want to serve this nation the way my husband did, given the way he has been mistreated by your Government. That's why the injustice you have caused my husband to suffer is not his alone but that of the entire nation."
The former military chief and defeated presidential candidate was arrested last month for violating military laws by engaging in political activities while in military service and is being detained at the Navy headquarters. The retired General who is contesting the upcoming general elections is to face two court marshals for his offences.