Former Sri Lanka Army Commander should beg for pardon, says President’s son

Feb 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Hambantota district parliamentarian, Namal Rajapaksa, who is a member of the negotiating team representing the government to seek the release of the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said that a formal request from the jailed person is necessary to guarantee a Presidential pardon.

Speaking to the Sinhala Sunday newspaper The Divaina, Rajapaksa said that the negotiations were cordially underway. He further said that a third party request is not valid to grant a Presidential pardon.

Democratic National Alliance MP Tiran Alles leads the negotiating team on behalf of Fonseka.

Meanwhile, the wife of Sarath Fonseka, Anoma Fonseka told the same newspaper that she or her husband would not beg for pardon since he had not done anything wrong.

Fonseka is currently serving a three-year prison sentence imposed by the Colombo High Court having found him guilty of inciting violence in the famous ‘white flag’ case.

The former Army Commander is also serving a 30-month prison term imposed by a court martial in 2010 after finding him guilty of four charges related to alleged irregularities in military procurements during his tenure as Army Chief.

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