Fonseka press conference, by me
The only law is ‘don’t oppose Mahinda’. General Sarath Fonseka is being arrested for “revealing military secrets and also plotting the assassination of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.” It’s a bit preposterous that he was plotting a coup with his government security and hypothetical Army deserters. ‘Revealing military secrets’ would imply that his allegations were true, which is another kettle of fish.
I guess there are two points, one is whether the charges make sense and two, whether the law is applied equally.
To me, it simply doesn’t make sense that a military men would give up the uniform and personal security, file election papers, campaign, and then decide to stage a coup. He had already given up any powers that would have made a coup even possible.
Furthermore, there seems little possibility of a coup during the election, as Fonseka was holed up at the Cinnamon Lakeside. A coup, generally, involves occupying key buildings. Mahinda had already occupied them with troops.
In this case I think the law is being applied as a weapon. People with connections can get away with murder and those without can get framed for anything. It’s a sad day for General Fonseka personally, but it’s sad day for us as well. Fonseka is no saint, but this is not even an issue of law. It’s the law being corrupted to serve a man. Sarath Fonseka’s real crime was opposing Mahinda. For that he’s in jail.