3rd September 2017

Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka Ready to Testify Against Jagath Jayasuriya if Ex-Army Chief is Tried for Alleged war Crimes.

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By Upali de Saram and Norman Palihawadane Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said he was ready to give evidence against his successor in the army, General Jagath Jayasuriya if the latter was tried for war crimes. Field Marshal Fonseka said he had received information that General Jayasuriya had committed various offences as the Commandant of the Vanni range. Fonseka said that when he was the commander of the army Jayasuriya had been tasked to head supplies and rehabilitation work in Vavuniya. There was information that Jayasuriya had misused his position but due action could not be taken as the then Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was protecting Jayasuriya, Fonseka said. The Field Marshal said he was ready to make information in his possession […]

Fonseka says ready to testify against Jayasuriya, as servicemen question why he is not accused

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Sri Lanka’s former army commander, Sarath Fonseka on Friday said he was ready to testify against the former military commander, Jagath Jayasuriya who has been accused of war crimes.  “At that time, I had several complaints against him. It was to do with crimes against suspects in his custody,” Fonseka was quoted by AP as saying, adding that My Jayasuriya was responsible for detained LTTE cadres. “As I started an investigation, the then rulers removed me as army commander.” “If there are proper legal proceedings then I am prepared to stand as a witness,” Mr Fonseka told a press conference. The Daily Mirror quoted Mr Fonseka as saying: “I received complaints that Mr. Jayasuriya was engaged in crimes as Vanni commander with regard to those who were arrested. […]

Crossfire between military top brass over ‘war crimes’ will put President Maithri in a political mess

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BY GAGANI WEERAKOON President Maithripala Sirisena is to spell-out his plans on the continuity of the alliance with the UNP today at the 66th Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the Campbell Park in Colombo. The 66th Convention today will be crucial, as the party is already facing a challenge of deciding its path to future elections with the majority of its stalwarts threatening to either quit the government if it continues to be a UNP-SLFP joint government. The government is lready crippled by many of SLFP seniors, with a massive vote base, joining the Joint Opposition, following party deciding to oust them from their respective organizer posts and President Sirisena having to appoint a host of fresh electoral and district organizers. […]

On alleged war crimes I am willing to testify in any Court (IN SRI LANKA NOT IN INTERNATIONAL COURT) – Gen. Jayasuriya

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On alleged war crimes I am willing to testify in any Court (IN SRI LANKA NOT IN INTERNATIONAL COURT). By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Retired General Jagath Jayasuriya (69) said he is willing to testify in any Court, regardless of its name, on alleged war crimes he is accused of in various reports, but in a government-led process. In an extensive interview with Ceylon Today, he said, “If the country has accepted a mechanism to sort it out, then we have to face it. If we are summoned, we cannot refuse to go for that inquiry. All must be lined up and inquired.” When asked whether he would accept a Special Court, as the Government has assured the UN, to try alleged war crimes that could […]

I didn’t know ‘War Crime’ was happening on the war front

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Rajapakshe did not take a concrete action to save us from War Crime, He was in denial and not allowing anything to happen. Maithiri + Ranil government has a different approach to save us, but nothing is happening. Accusations: Investigate the Ambassador over war crimes, sexual assaults and torture, the indiscriminate shelling of a hospital and preventing humanitarian assistance reaching the civilians. By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Tall and well-built, retired Army General, Jagath Jayasuriya, who was posted in Brazil as the Sri Lankan Ambassador, is back in town with mounted allegations against him related to his posts as a military man and an ambassador. He said that although he was the Vanni Commander, he was not on the frontlines and it was Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka […]