AG tells SC:
Eight military personnel detained
Eight retired military persons out of 18 who were taken in to custody
at Presidential Candidate Sarath Fonseka’s election office were detained
under a detention order, the Attorney General told Supreme Court,
Senior State Counsel Riyas Hamza appearing for the Attorney General
in the fundamental rights applications filed by the detained officers
informed court that 10 out of 18 persons arrested have been already
The court directed the respondents to allow the petitioners’ lawyers
to meet them at any time, which was restricted earlier.
According to the court directions, relatives of the petitioners’ can
visit them on both Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.00 am to 12 noon. The
Court also gave time to support the Fundamental Rights applications on
two dates, on February 26 and on March 4, respectively. The petitioners,
security persons of Sarath Fonseka stated that they were illegally taken
into custody in violation of their Fundamental Rights, by the Terrorist
Investigation Unit just after the Presidential Election.
The Bench comprised Acting Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake,
Justice N. G. Amarathunga and Justice P.A Ratnayake PC. Counsel Viran
Corea, Chrishmal Warnasuriya and R. Ameen appeared for the petitioners.