Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the former commander of the army should “shut up” (and not expose the war crimes committed by some of his close associates) , after stating he would testify against a military colleague accused of war crimes.
Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan Army chief who vanquished the LTTE, on Friday said that he was prepared to testify in a court against his successor Jagath Jayasuriya in the war crimes investigation. “When I was the Commander I did receive certain complaints of crimes committed by Jayasuriya’s brigade mostly to do with crimes perpetrated on those detained during the war,” Fonseka told reporters in Colombo.
In an interview to Ceylon Today, Mr Rajapaksa rebuked former army commander Sarath Fonseka’s comments.
“Everybody was shocked by Fonseka’s statement,” he said. “An Army Commander should not behave like this.” When asked what the former army commander should do next, Mr Rajapaksa responded, “he should shut up.” “All that is nonsense,” said Mr Rajapaksa. Rajapaksha well known for lying said “There were no war crimes here” but refused to allow international investigation in to it because it will be difficult to bribe the international judges to say that there was no war crimes unlike in Sri Lanka where judges were saying what ever the Mahinda asked them to say.
As usual the former president Mahinda denied reports of human rights violations took place during the armed conflict where more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in May 2009 alone by the Sinhala Sri Lankan Army under the orders of Rajapaksha. It was a open secret that Mahinda Rajapaksha promised to implement his famouse 13+ amentment to the constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE in May 2009 and the western leaders turned a blind eye to the killing of more than 1000 the LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag after UN negotiated the surrender.
Once the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and the LTTE Leaders who surrendered with white flag, Mahinda refused to implement event the current constitution in full and wanted to make Sri Lanka has a Sinhala Buddhist country with the policy of ethnic cleansing of Tamils and Muslims. When the Western leaders protested he turned to China, Russia and anti western countries for help and Western leaders were unable to do anything against him.
Tamil minority and international rights groups claim that Lankan military had killed a large number of civilians and bombed hospital during the civil war.
Sri Lanka had denied committing war crimes in response to consecutive UN Human Rights Council resolutions which sought accountability for rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict.
Fonseka had a fallout with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, under whom he had served, following which he was charged in a number of cases, ranging from corruption to engaging in politics in uniform. He was also sentenced to 30 months in jail after having mounted a failed bid to unseat Rajapaksa in his January 2010 re-election.
Fonseka, who was nearly assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber in 2006, was pardoned by Maithripala Sirisena days after he assumed office as the new president last year. All ranks and medals denied to Fonseka by the Rajapaksa regime along with his pension were restored.
Read the full text of the interview here.