Common opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka says Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa instructed a key ground commander in the north that all LTTE leaders must be killed and not allowed to surrender as per The Sunday Leader. In an explosive interview with The Sunday Leader General Fonseka the then Army Commander said he had no information communicated to him in the final days of the war that three key LTTE leaders had opted to surrender to Sri Lanka’s armed forces as the battle drew to a bloody finish.
However by Addressing a hurriedly summoned press conference, General Fonseka said that the state is hurling cooked up allegations against him by misinterpreting a media statement made by him. Sarath Fonseka said that he did not state that Defence Secretary ordered to kill the LTTE leaders who surrendered at the final operation of the war.
The Army has never involved itself in war violations and has acted according to international norms. As the then Sri Lanka Army Commander, he takes full responsibility to all actions from top to bottom of the army, said General (retired) Sarath Fonseka addressing a news briefing last afternoon (Dec. 13).