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    » 05/18/2012, 00.00

    SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka, Sarath Fonseka free soon



    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed his wife that the Council of Ministers has approved the release order. The former army general was in prison since 8 February 2010 on charges of corruption, but established in an unfair trial.

    Colombo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Former General Sarath Fonseka will be released "soon". This is the announcement that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made to Anoma Fonseka, wife of the former commander of the country's armed forces. The Council of Ministers has approved the release order for Fonseka, who since 8 February 2010 is imprisoned in Walikada, on charges of misconduct when he was commander in chief during the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE ). The sentence was served last month.

    Candidate for the presidency, his arrest came two weeks after the presidential elections, which saw the triumph of the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The vote was highly criticized, and representatives of civil society denounced fraud, an excessive deployment of the army and a "pre-announced" arrest warrant for Gen. Fonseka.

    In nearly three years in prison, human rights activists, Buddhists and the Catholic Church have organized numerous events and campaigns for his release, arguing that the former general has never had the chance to have a fair trial. From prison, Gen. Fonseka has always accused the government of trying to keep him away from politics, and as revenge for his decision to stand against President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

     

     

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    16/03/2010 SRI LANKA
    Colombo: General Fonseka before a court martial
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    20/08/2010 SRI LANKA
    Gen. Fonseka: The trial is illegal, Rajapaksa wants me in prison within two weeks
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    19/08/2010 SRI LANKA
    Christians, Buddhists, civil society against General Fonseka’s conviction
    A court martial convicts the general for engaging in politics whilst in active duty and indicts him on mutiny. He loses rank, medals and pension. Instead of showing clemency, President Rajapaksa accepts the court’s ruling, breaking with Buddhist tradition. Some prominent figures underscore the judges’ lack of objectivity and the personal revenge aspect of the case. The net result is that democracy has suffered a major blow. Without Fonseka, Rajapaksa would not have had his “victory” and become “king”.

    23/04/2009 SRI LANKA
    Dead or alive, Tamil Tiger leader’s fate sealed
    Sri Lanka’s army says it knows where LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is in hiding. Sri Lankans wonder about Tiger leader’s future with most hoping he gets killed. Political analyst Sarath Fernando says rebels must surrender but Tamil must continue the struggle for their rights.

    20/09/2010 SRI LANKA
    Opposition parties and activists against Sarath Fonseka’s conviction
    Court martial sentences General Fonseka to three years in prison for corruption. The final verdict now awaits President Rakapaksa’s signature. Activists and opposition parties protest what they see as an attack against justice and democracy.



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