The move to kick start a "reconciliation process" is headed for failure after the government ignored pre-conditions set by the United National Party (UNP). As a result, there will neither be a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to formulate a political package to address Tamil grievances nor direct negotiations between the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). At least not for the moment.
“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what is all this fuss about the General?”
“Why, Bindu,” Bindu’s father Percy said, “he has been freed after more than two years in jail and that is what everyone is so excited about.”
The granting of Presidential pardons to targets of politicized prosecutions in Sri Lanka has now acquired a political significance which further undermines the Rule of Law in this country. These events are typically characterized by indictments being filed or other legal processes such as a court martial being initiated on extremely flimsy grounds against individuals who have incurred the displeasure of the government.
From the Supreme Courts complex, former General Sarath Fonseka was escorted to the Welikade Jail to complete procedural formalities for his release.
When he finished them and was about to leave, there was one man who felt sorry he was leaving.
The release of former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka who had been incarcerated for more than two and a half years comes as one of the boldest moves made by the present regime, at a time when its democratic credentials are being savaged overseas over human rights issues.
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