Major General Shavindra Silva to give evidence in “white flag” case

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 November 2010, 04:51 GMT]
Colombo High Court Thursday issued notice on Major General Shavendra Silva to appear in court on November 15 to give evidence in the case in which the former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army has been charged for causing disrepute to the government by an alleged interview to the English weekly Sunday Leader. Sarath Fonseka is reported to have alleged in that interview that the Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had ordered Major General Shavendra Silva to shoot all LTTE cadres dead who come forward to surrender holding white flags.

Major General Silva was the commander of the 58th brigade during the final stages of the war last year and is currently the Deputy Permanent Representative in the Sri Lankan Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Meanwhile, the evidence of the first witness Ms Frederica Janz, Editor of the Sunday Leader who interviewed Sarath Fonseka concluded Thursday.

Thereafter the Colombo High Court issued the directive following the submission by the Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratne Bandara seeking permission to lead the evidence from the third witness in the case, Major General Shavindra Silva.



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