Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, says some crimes had taken place during the war but they were not systematic.
During an interview with The Guardian, Fonseka said that his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence
“The army as a whole, I can give the assurance that we never committed war crimes,” he said.
“There were no rapes, no torture during my command during the war. I know there have been a couple of allegations. But there should not be reason to try to declare war against the media or against the international community. We can clarify it.”
The Guardian reported that to his supporters, Fonseka is a war hero. But to others he is a war criminal. He insists he has a clean conscience.
“My intentions are clear. I did everything in good faith. My job was to save the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the country. I have done it. I did it as per the rules.”
Fonseka also said he no longer harboured ambitions to be president or prime minister. “I am ready to say goodbye to politics at any time. My ambition is not to become president or become prime minister, but to ensure that the country is taken on the right path.” (Colombo Gazette)