Written by Tharushan Fernando
13 Jan, 2016 | 10:07 pm
Leader of Democratic Party Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka convened a media briefing in Colombo on Jan. 13 stating that when it comes to the Avant Garde issue, “Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe greatly underestimated us.”
He added that the Minster of Justice had even started slinging mud by during the Satana programme on Sirasa TV.
“The country’s minister of justice scolded me in a very disrespectful manner, calling me a lunatic, and shouting from the top of his lungs,” he said, adding that the Minster Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had said that the Avant Garde agreement comprises 3,000 pages.
The Democratic Party leader further noted that since 2012, Avant Garde has signed six agreements and in 2014, they combined all six agreements, and then signed a seventh one. He said the seventh agreement comprises only 10 pages and that is the agreement that is currently being used
“Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe will have to explain to the country, how he saw 10 pages as 3,000. Why does he lie? Why does he fabricate facts and mislead the country?” questioned the Field Marshall and further added that according to the License and Permit scheme, any kind of weapon can be brought into the country without having to go through customs and the application can be forwarded to the Defense Secretary through the Customs, and then a License or a permit does not need to be issued, but other than that it is illegal to bring, not 3000, but even two or three weapons by sea, and store it in the harbor.
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka charged that the Minster of Justice should be arrested immediately, noting that if the same process applies even for the Army, a big question arises as to how Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe approved a special process for the chairman of Avant Garde.
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