US wants Sri Lanka's Chief of Defence Staff to testify against it's Defence Secretary


Sarath Fonseka (left) during his tenure as Commander of the Sri Lanka Army greets senior military staff in Vavuniya, 3 January 2009. Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence.

Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff, General Sarath Fonseka, is currently on a semi-official visit to the United States. The Sunday Times reports that Gen. Fonseka had been approached by officials from the US Department of Homeland Security for a "voluntary meeting."

Sri Lanka has lodged a strong protest against any such meeting. Sarath Fonseka is in the United States on a Diplomatic Passport. The government has already mobilised lawyers from Patton Boggs and will most likely do everything possible to prevent any meeting between Fonseka and US officials.

The mainstream media reports that the "voluntary meeting" is a move by the US to question Fonseka on allegations of war crimes.

The US, however, has refused to confirm any of this.

According to The Daily Mirror, US officials from the Department of Homeland Security contacted Sarath Fonseka by phone. It is alleged that they sought Fonseka's assistance in gathering evidence against Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Gothabaya Rajapaksa.

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