Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarah Fonseka, now in jail and facing further charges in the High Court of Colombo, said yesterday he together with others imprisoned by the government was prepared to make a jail beak.
Coming out of court house under the custody of prison officials, he said to media, ‘There will be hundreds more going to jail. Together, we are prepared to break out from prison to protect democracy and the masses'.
Unexpected and sudden electricity failure made court proceeding impossible in tropical October heat and the trial was put off.
The Power Minister immediately ordered a special investigation and called for its report within two days.
Fonseka had been convicted by two courts martial earlier and jailed. The President had specifically constituted the courts martial to try Fonseka.
Though Fonseka unsuccessfully contested the incumbent President at the elections in January this year, he later secured a Parliamentary seat at the April elections while still being in custody.