HRCSL urges Independent team to probe against Fonseka
By Sumaiya Rizvi
Mar 1, 2010
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) observed the importance of appointing an independent investigation team to inquire into the allegations against General Sarath Fonseka, who is currently under military custody.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Director of the Commission Samanthi Jayamanne said General Fonseka expressed his doubts over the impartiality of investigations as the officers who arrested him were subjected to face disciplinary action when he was the Army Commander.

The HRCSL, which visited the General to assess the standards of his detention, handed over its ‘Observation Report’ to the Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Army Commander end of last week.

“We wanted to see for ourselves whether he was detained in accordance with international standards of detention,” Ms. Jayamanne said.

In the report it also stated that General Fonseka’s relatives should be allowed the rights of visiting him and also he should be given the required healthcare facilities in consultation with a Judicial Medical Officer.

The report had not investigated into the arrest in relation to his fundamental rights since there was an impending court case alleging that his fundamental rights had been violated.

Courtesy: Daily Mirror