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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Free Fonseka, BJP urges SL president
ET, Feb 12. NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankan government’s decision to arrest and court martial retired Army chief General Sarath Fonseka for ``plotting to overthrow President Mahinda Rajapaksa’’ found its echo in India here on Wednesday with BJP taking up cudgels on his behalf. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, denounced the move, and urged President Rajapaksa to set Gen Fonseka free immediately. “We are disturbed by the news reports about the arrest and detention of Gen Fonseka, the opposition candidate in the recent presidential election in Sri Lanka,’’ the BJP leader said, adding, ``As the world’s largest democracy, we cannot approve of this, particularly when it is happening so close to us. We call upon President Rajapaksa to ensure the safety and well-being of the opposition leader and request his release immediately.’’ More...
Published: Thu Feb 11 20:14:05 EST 2010

India hopes Fonseka will get justice
ET, Feb 12. NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Thursday reacted to the detention of former Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka and said that India ‘trusts’ that due process of law would be observed. In a cautionary statement, the external affairs ministry said India was in touch with Sri Lanka on the detention of Mr Fonseka, who lost the presidential election to Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.“We have been in touch with the government of Sri Lanka about the detention of Rtd. Gen Sarath Fonseka. As a friend and neighbour, we trust that due processes of law will be observed in democratic Sri Lanka in this matter,” MEA spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said in a statement. The Indian statement also comes on the heels of UN chief Ban Ki-moon asking president Rajapaksa to respect due process of law in Mr Fonseka’s case. Mr Ban conveyed the concern in a telephonic conversation with Mr Rajapaksa on Wednesday night. Mr Ban called on the Sri Lankan government to guarantee the safety of Mr Fonseka and announced plans to send an envoy for talks with the Lankan government. More...
Published: Thu Feb 11 19:59:37 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Long-simmering suspicions led to Fonseka's arrest
CSM, Feb 12. Sri Lankan authorities have yet to charge former Army chief Sarath Fonseka, the opposition candidate defeated in last month’s presidential election and arrested on Monday. But already the general has been accused of divulging official secrets, recruiting deserters, and even plotting to overthrow President Mahinda Rajapaksa.In fact, the allegations against Fonseka predate the election campaign. They stem from his ambitions in the aftermath of last May’s victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. At the time, Fonseka proposed a doubling of the Army’s manpower and claimed credit for defeating the Tigers. That stirred unease in the administration, which began to sideline him within the military command. More...
Published: Thu Feb 11 19:58:28 EST 2010 Back to the top

Two journalists missing in Sri Lanka
CPJ, Feb 12. New York, February 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the disappearance of two journalists in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Fonseka guilty of treason: Gotabaya
Hindu, Feb 12. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has alleged that the defeated common opposition presidential candidate and retired Army Chief, Sarath Fonseka, is guilty of charges of treason, military coup and of being involved in the disappearance of a few journalists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police crackdown on opposition protest
Reuters, Feb 11. Sri Lanka's police used batons to disperse hundreds of supporters of losing presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka on Thursday, police and a Reuters witness said, in a second day of protests against his arrest... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says No ‘Vengeance’ Behind Fonseka’s Arrest (Update1)
Bloomberg, Feb 12. Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s government said there was no “political vengeance” behind the arrest this week of former army chief General Sarath Fonseka, the defeated opposition candidate in January’s presidential election. The opposition is “trying to obtain petty political advantages by misleading the public” over the arrest of the general, who is accused of violating military law, Minister of Media Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said in Colombo, according to the government’s Web site... Back to the top

Arrested S.Lanka leader urges calm as protests mount
afp, feb 11. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has appealed for calm, his wife said Thursday, after violent clashes linked to his arrest on conspiracy charges... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says US and Norway helped Fonseka, they deny
IANS, Feb 11. Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka is to face early court martial for treason, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in remarks published Thursday, while accusing the US and Norway of aiding the defeated presidential candidate during the election... Back to the top

Rights group slams S.Lanka over Fonseka court martial
afp, feb 11. COLOMBO (AFP) – A regional human rights group sharply criticised Sri Lanka Thursday over plans to court martial the island's former army chief on charges of conspiring against the government... Back to the top

Violent clashes as S.Lanka's ex-army chief arrested
afp, Feb 10. COLOMBO (AFP) – Tensions escalated Wednesday over the arrest of Sri Lanka's former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, with violent clashes outside the Supreme Court, where his wife petitioned for his immediate release... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition fears for Fonseka's life
AFP, Feb 10. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's opposition parties demanded Wednesday the immediate release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, warning that he faced "assassination" in custody... Back to the top

Political supporters clash in streets of Sri Lanka
ap, feb 10. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Government supporters hurled stones at thousands of opposition activists demonstrating against the arrest of their defeated presidential candidate in Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Will Hold Parliamentary Elections in April
bloomberg, feb 10. Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will hold general elections in April as President Mahinda Rajapaksa dismissed parliament a day after the arrest of Sarath Fonseka, the defeated opposition candidate in January’s presidential ballot. The 225-member assembly was dissolved at midnight and the elections are “expected to be held in April,” the government said in a statement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition fears for Fonseka's life
AFP, Feb 10. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's opposition parties demanded Wednesday the immediate release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, warning that he faced "assassination" in custody... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition, in tight corner, rallies for leader Fonseka
The Christian Science Monitor, Feb 09, 2010. Sri Lanka police fired tear gas Wednesday at protesters demanding the release of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

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