Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sunday Leader editor ordered to produce note book

By T. Farook Thajudeen - Colombo Chief Magistrate Ms. Champa Janaki Rajaratna yesterday ordered the Sunday Leader Editor to appear before court in person on June 21 to produce the note book of the interview.

Deputy Solicitor General Wasanth Nawaratna Bandara in his submissions stated that the Sunday Leader Editor Ms.Frdrica Jansz had given photo copies of the note book on the alleged statement made by General Sarath Fonsek to the CID.

He said when the CID asked her to hand over the note book as a production in the case, The Editor had refused tp do so.

Senior Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti pointed out that the alleged notes taken during the said interview could be made in a note book subsequent to the interview.Therefore to notice the editor to appear before court in person to produce it.

The Director of the Commercial Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department complained to court that General (Rtd) Sarath Fonseka had committed the offence by his offensive statements to the Sunday leader editor against the forces and the government during the interview which was published under the headline “Gota orders to shoot”

Gen. Fonseka was further detained in the custody of the Army till June 21.

© Daily Mirror

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