Family of Sri Lanka's jailed ex-army commander continue to seek international intervention   2011-12-05 21:35:08 FeedbackPrintRSS

COLOMBO, Dec. 5 (Xinnhua) -- The family of Sri Lanka's jailed former army commander said Monday that they were uninformed about the government's readiness to discuss a release for Sarath Fonseka but insisted on continuing to seek international intervention.

Mrs. Anoma Fonseka, the wife of ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka told Xinhua that the family so far had not received any invitation regarding the government's readiness or willingness to discuss a possibility to release her husband who is in jail over two separate convictions.

"So far we have not being contacted by any party from the government or the president's house," said Mrs. Fonseka, adding that their family would continue to seek international intervention including U.S. President Barack Obama to secure Fonseka's release.

Media reports on Sunday revealed President Mahinda Rajapaksa's readiness to meet defeated presidential candidate Fonseka's family to discuss on a release in the conviction of "white flag" case in which ex-army commander had made a statement relating to war crimes related to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Presidential Media Director Bandula Jayasekara quoted President Rajapaksa and called the move to seek U.S. invention a futile excise, stating that "Fonsekas could visit President's House without any cost, whereas the White House is thousands of miles away".

Apsara Fonseka, daughter of the jailed ex-army chief said in a letter to Obama, "we are in need of international interference when it comes to justice.."

A recent media report also revealed a Colombo-based U.S. diplomat on behalf of U.S. Ambassador Patricia Butenis has warned one of the senior member of the parliament to release former four- star general forthwith or face the consequences.

Fonseka was sentenced to a three-year jail term in Dec. 18 over "white flag case" when he was serving to a 30-month jail term over irregularities in procurement of military ware.

He led the war against Tamil Tiger rebels to its victory in May 2009 but fell out with the government and became unsuccessful presidential candidate and main political opponent of the current government.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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