Fonseka ready to testify

” Even now I say , My troops are disciplined and well trained to carry out hostage rescue operations , That I will go before any investigation to clear the name of my troops,” Fonseka said in the statement. In 2010 the BBC reported that Fonseka was prepared to give evidence in an international court on war crime charges against Sri Lanka.International human rights organisations as well as the US state department had alleged at the time that the Sri Lankan government committed war crimes during the final phase of the war against the LTTE. He said that following the final stages of the war the army identified 450 bodies of the LTTE and the body of the youngest son of LTTE leader Vellupilla Prabakaran was not among them. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he is prepared to go before any investigation to clear the name of his troops.In a statement issued by his media unit, Fonseka insisted that the army was never involved in war crimes. Several human rights organisations had also called to try the Sri Lankan state in international courts on alleged abuses against civilians and surrendees.During the presidential election in 2010 where Fonseka challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa, both claimed credit for defeating the LTTE.“I am definitely going to reveal what I know, what I was told and what I heard. Any one who has committed war crimes should definitely be brought into courts,” the BBC quoted Fonseka as saying at the time. (Colombo Gazette)

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