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* Sri Lankan court accepts video footage in 'white flag' case
Thu, Dec 16, 2010, 07:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has ruled to accept the video footage presented to court by a private electronic media institution on the controversial 'white flag' case against former Army Commander and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka.

The Colombo High Court had today announced that it would accept the video evidence in the case against Fonseka, despite objections raised by the defence.

High Court Judge Deepali Wijesundera, who heads the three-judge bench hearing the case, had said that the footage will be accepted, and further examination of the evidence will take place when the case is taken up again on January 6 next year.

The video footage handed in by Derana TV carries parts of a speech made by Fonseka at a rally in Ratnapura during the Presidential election campaign.

Defence Attorney Nalin Ladduwahetty had objected to the video footage saying the original copy of the speech should be presented to court.

The Colombo High Court ordered Derana TV to present the original footage of the speech, but the station had informed court that the original footage was not available.

The defence counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty earlier has objected to considering the edited video footage as evidence without the original footage. The prosecution has however said there were legal provisions to include such videos.

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