The Federation of National Organizations called on President Maithripala Sirisena to represent the Government’s stance on allegations levelled against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya, at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Several lawsuits were filed against Jayasuriya overseas with regard to his alleged involvement in alleged war crimes.
Former MP who is associated with the said Federation, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara added that Sirisena should not resort to mere political rhetoric on local platforms and stages but state his and the Government’s position on the matter in Geneva.
Referring to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s recent statement that he possessed alleged information pertaining to Jayasuriya’s alleged involvement in such, Weerasekara said that Fonseka could not constitutionally serve as both a Field Marshal, which he said was a permanent, lifetime position and signified active service, and a Minister.
“When a proper Government comes, he will have to return one of the salaries that had been paid to him,” Weerasekara opined.
“The Government must take complete responsibility for the current situation,” he noted.
“We totally reject the UNHRC resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka which is based on the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka, the latter being full of contradictions and lies,” he added.
“This is to set the ground for penalizing the soldiers and the hierarchy. This is why the Office on Missing Persons was established. We managed to temporarily halt the bill on enforced disappearances. Soldiers can be targeted and have charges framed and can be made an accused under universal jurisdiction. This is a conspiracy and a betrayal. It is like raising a serpent inside one’s own house,” he explained.
Elsewhere, Joint Opposition (JO) MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena added that if someone went before a local court challenging the allegations leveled against Jayasuriya, the JO would support such. The JO urged the Government to strip Fonseka of his Field Marshal status and the Ministerial portfolio.
The withholding of alleged information in and of itself constitutes an offence concerning the obstruction of justice, he explained.
“The Diaspora has funded the cases filed against Jayasuriya. Fonseka may be helping them for monetary gain,” he said.