Court to decide on video footage of Fonseka’s speech on “white flag” incident

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Colombo High Court yesterday said that it would decide on 1 December whether the video footage on former Army Commander and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka’s speech handed in by a private television station could be considered as evidence.

The Colombo High Court has said that it would decide on whether the video footage handed in by Derana TV on Fonseka’s speech made in Ratnapura during the Presidential election campaign could be considered as evidence.

The respective video footage is believed to have evidence required in the controversial “white flag” case against Fonseka that is currently being heard in the Colombo High Court.

Derana TV was ordered to present to court the original footage of the speech, but the station had informed court that the original footage was not available.

The defence counsel objected and said that the video footage could not be considered as evidence without the original footage.

 The prosecution has however said there were legal provisions to include such videos.

The three member panel of judges has said it would make a final decision on the video footage on 1  December.

The controversial “white flag” story involves comments made by General Fonseka during the last Presidential election where he had told a local English weekly that on the orders of Defence Secretary, security forces shot and killed senior LTTE members when they had tried to surrender carrying white flags during the final stages of the war last year.