Fonseka begins fast as military prevents attending parliament
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 May 2010, 08:22 GMT]
Democratic National Alliance Parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka Wednesday morning began an indefinite
fast in the Navy Headquarters where he is being detained since his
arrest after the defeat in January presidential election, as the
military forced him to attend the second court martial hearing fixed
on Wednesday. He was prevented from leaving the Navy Headquarters to
parliament on Wednesday morning.
This matter was brought to the notice of the Speaker Chamal Rajapakse
when the second day debate on the emergency extension motion was taken
up Wednesday. Parliamentarians of the opposition and the ruling party
urged the Speaker to ensure rights and privileges of parliamentarians
are protected. The parliament has been sitting for four days since
Tuesday this week.
Fonseka is the leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
parliamentary group and representing the Colombo district.
DNA parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the Speaker that
Fonseka had been prevented from attending parliament Wednesday by the
Sri Lanka Army.
Wimal Weerawansa, a minister in the ruling United Peoples Freedom
Alliance (UPFA) government submitted to the Speaker that while Fonseka
has different political views as an MP he had every right like other
parliamentarians to attend parliament. Hence his rights should be
protected and the Speaker should take steps to allow him to attend the
Speaker Chamal Rajapakse replying to submissions by fellow
parliamentarians said he would look into the matter.
The Speaker Tuesday allowed Fonseka to remain in parliament despite
the second Court Martial hearing was fixed in the afternoon on the
same day on a privilege motion by Fonseka early in the morning,