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I didn’t order ‘white flag killings’ – Former army Chief Sarath Fonseka

[LTTE suspects under Military custody, most of them missing]
Fonseka not afraid to testify in probe
Jailed former army Chief Sarath Fonseka arrives with prison officers at the high court in ColomboFormer Army Commander and leader of the Democratic Party, Sarath Fonseka, says he is not scared to testify before a UN led war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka.

Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service outside court today, Fonseka said that he did not order the killing of any LTTE cadres who surrendered with white flags in their hands during the final stages of the war.

He said that while the Government was quoted in the media as saying they will deal with anyone who testifies before the UN led probe, he does not have any fear and will testify if he is approached.

Fonseka led the war on the LTTE during the final stages of the war and human rights groups had alleged that during that period thousands of civilians were killed, mostly by the military.

Fonseka says when he led the war he followed the law and so there was nothing to be afraid of. He also noted that if anyone is afraid to face an investigation then it means they have something to hide.
[Original Caption: Fonseka not afraid to testify in probe]


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