White flag case:
Order put off for December 16
The Trial at Bar hearing Sarath Fonseka's white flag issue yesterday
put off its order for December 16, 2010 in connection with an
application to telecast a section of the speech made by Fonseka at the
Ratnapura Presidential Election rally on December 23, 2009.
Earlier, Court directed the Derana TV News editor to produce the CD
containing the full text of the speech made by Fonseka during the
election campaign in Ratnapura on December 23, 2009.
The Bench comprised Colombo High Court Judge Deepali Wijesundera
(President), Colombo High Court Judge W T M P B Warawewa and Colombo
High Court Judge M Z Razeen.
Trial at Bar President Judge Deepali Wijesundera directed Senior
State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake and Senior Defence Counsel Nalin
Ladduwahetty to submit their written submissions before the next date.
Earlier, Ratnapura Derana correspondent Gayan Kachanamal Kudagama gave
evidence under examination by Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha
Navaratne Bandara. The witness said that he recorded the speech made by
Fonseka on December 23, 2009 at Ratnapura. Later, he handed over the
recorded CD to the Derana news desk.
Fonseka earlier pleaded not guilty to the three charges referred
against him namely making a false statement to Sunday Leader Journalist
Frederica Jansz that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had told
Brigadier Shavendra de Silva to eliminate LTTE cadres who come with a
white flag to surrender during the final stage of the war. Fonseka is
charged on three counts under the Criminal Procedure Code and under
Emergency Regulations Sections 28 and 29. Deputy Solicitor General
Wasantha Nawaratna Bandara with Senior State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake,
State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama and State Counsel Yohan Liyanage
appeared for the Attorney General.
Senior Attorney Nalin Ladduwahetty with Nilanthi Peiris, Ajith
Pathirana, ULG Bandara, Mervyn de Silva, Wasantha Pitigala, Niroshan
Perera, Namal Rajapaksa and Swarna Bandara appeared for Fonseka.