Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has told a journalist of a national newspaper that the President had told him that Sarath Fonseka would be granted bail depending on his behavior in the next few days.
Alahapperuma had made this comment when the respective journalist had asked what action would be taken since Fonseka could apply bail for the other cases being heard against him after he completed the 30 month jail term imposed by the second court martial. Fonseka completed the two and a half year term on the 26th.
Alahapperuma has said the President is thinking of asking the Attorney General to allow the granting of bail to Fonseka if he shows signs of good behavior.
Although the President and the Defence Secretary are hoping for some flexibility in Fonseka, he recently criticized the Rajapaksa government at the Nawaloka Hospital.
However, Fonseka’s lawyers have filed a bail application before court on his behalf.
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, President’s Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakse has said there legal provision to grant bail to Fonseka.
However, he has added that the final decision on the matter would depend on the judge who would be making the final verdict.
Nevertheless, a young human rights lawyer told us that the President’s consent would be needed to receive legal redress in a political issue like this.