Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena will raise the LTTE backed Tamil Diaspora move against General Jagath Jayasuriya following Regional Development Minister Field Sarath Fonseka alleging that the wartime Security Forces Commander, Vanni had committed crimes and he continued violations of human rights after becoming the Commander of the Army in July 2009.
The following question has been submitted seeking answers from Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana under Standing Order 23/2:
“General Jagath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Suriname, the former Army Commander, Chief of staff and head of the Joint Defence Council, who was actively in the forefront of the struggle against terrorism, is being hunted by ex-LTTe and Eelamist Diaspora legal teams, who have brought war crimes prosecutions against him in Brazil and Colombia. The statement made in this regard by HE President Sirisena is contradicted by the statement made by Minister Sarath Fonseka.
1. Will the Hon Minister explain and place before the house the details of the above-mentioned legal action being taken against General Jagath Jayasuriya, and any other members of the Sri Lanka security forces, Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps and civilians who hold or have held office in the Government?
2. What is the precise position of the Government in regard to such legal action against General Jagath Jayasuriya, and any other members of the Sri Lanka security forces, Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps and civilians who hold or have held office in the Government, and what action is being taken to protect them in the above mentioned countries and in other countries?
3. Do the statements made by Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka represent current Government policy, and if not, what action does it propose to take against this and against further betrayals of the country’s heroic forces by members of the Government or by its supporters holding high office?