United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya said that by incarcerating General Sarath Fonseka and stripping him of his dignity, this regime has shown its callous and brutal hand, and the lengths to which it would go to seek vengeance from the man who dared to stand against them.
“Day-after-day, at the hands of the present administration, the death bells are tolling for Sri Lankan democracy; two weeks ago it was with the passing of the 18th Amendment which established a virtual dictatorship in this country and now, with the heavy hand of the executive presidency moving to reduce a victorious army general to the level of a common inmate at the Welikada prison,” Mr.Jayasuriya said in a statement.
He added that irrespective of political affiliation, divergent ideologies or differences of personal opinion, nobody who is true to his conscience can believe that the treatment of General Fonseka has been just by any stretch of the imagination.
“As politicians we have made innumerable statements calling for restraint, justice and the adherence to democratic norms in the ‘court action’ against Sarath Fonseka and his prolonged incarceration at Naval Headquarters.
“We have urged the public to rise up against this shabby treatment of the army general they once adored. The fact that General Fonseka has been reduced to nothing but a number at Welikada Prison today is not only a testament to the cruelty of a vengeful regime but also an indictment of our collective failure as an opposition to prevent such a travesty of justice, “ he said.