Fonseka needs SL Speaker’s permission to attend parliament

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 October 2010, 16:44 GMT]
“Sarath Fonseka can be allowed to attend Parliament if the Speaker or Parliamentary Affairs Secretary gives us orders in writing,” the Commissioner General of Prisons Major General (retired) V. R. de Silva said Monday. Sarath Fonseka, former commander of the Sri Lanka Army currently held in Welikada prison serving 30 month rigorous imprisonment will not be allowed to attend Sri Lanka parliament which is scheduled to meet Thursday until a written directive from the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa is received by prison authorities, according to V. R. de Silva.

Sarath Fonseka has been given maximum security inside Welikada Prison.

Meanwhile, the leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka at the Welikada Prisons Tuesday afternoon.

Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured Sarath Fonseka that as the Opposition Leader in Parliament, he would do his utmost to assist him to carry out duties as an elected Member of Parliament, according to party sources.


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