Sri Lanka ex-army chief vows to expose war crimes

May 6, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Thursday vowed to “expose” any war crimes committed during the end of the country’s civil war last year and said he would go “out of his way” to assist with a probe. General Sarath Fonseka, who fell out with President Mahinda Rajapakse and quit after successfully crushing Tamil separatist rebels last year, said there were allegations that should be thoroughly and independently investigated.

“I will go out of my way to expose anyone who has committed war crimes,” Fonseka told reporters. “I will not protect anyone, from the very top to the bottom.”

Fonseka was arrested shortly after contesting presidential elections in January and faces court martial proceedings for allegedly dabbling in politics before he quit as army chief in November.

He spoke with reporters inside parliament after being escorted from custody to attend Thursday’s session as an opposition MP. He won a seat at April parliamentary polls.

Fonseka said the government was afraid that he would expose anyone found guilty of rights abuses.

“It is not patriotic to protect anyone who has caused injustices to Tamil youth,” Fonseka said, adding that he himself was not personally