Fonseka Gives New Twist To CID Investigations Into Coup Attempt

February 11, 2015

In a new turn of events, Democratic Party leader and former army commander Sarath Fonseka linked the commanders of three armed forces to the alleged coup attempt which took place in the wee hours of January 09 while the results of the presidential election were being released.

This is the first time the names of the commanders were mentioned in connection with the attempt. It was widely reported in some quarters of the media that Army Commander Daya Rathnayake had denied former President Rajapaksa's move to deploy troops in the capital city of Colombo. This was confirmed by Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne who addressed media soon after the recently held presidential election.

Revelations made by Fonseka, at a press conference in Colombo yesterday, might give a new turn to the ongoing investigations into the alleged coup attempt. However, the CID os yet to question the Commanders of the armed forces in this regard.

Meanwhile, Fonseka also called for the removal of the commanders of the three armed forces accusing them of being part of the political victimization he was subjected to.

said that he is not ready to beg on his knees for the parliamentary seat that MP Jayantha Katagoda had promised to vacate and give back to him.

Speaking at a press briefing yesterday afternoon, he said that Katagoda had supported former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claiming that he will fight for the rights of his party lader. However, the same person, who later promised to resign from the parliament so that he could take the seat, is now refusing to respond, Fonseka added.

Fonseka further said that he will take legal action against Katagoda.


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