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Sri Lankan lawyers join protests over detained general
Reuters, Feb 13. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers staged a silent march in the capital on Friday in a third day of street protests seeking the release of losing presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.Tensions have risen on the island since the former army commander was arrested on Monday by military police on charges of engaging in politics against his president while still in uniform. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 12 09:29:10 EST 2010

Mahanayakes call for a crisis conference
bbc, Feb 12. Mahanayake theras of four main Buddhist chapters in Sri Lanka have called for a special gathering to discuss the "uncertainty" developing in the country. In an unprecedented move, the Mahanayake theras have called on all Buddhist monks from all over Sri Lanka to convene in Kandy on 18 February as the "uncertain situation" has been developed with regard to democracy and good governance. In a letter sent to all Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, Mahanayake theras of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters of Siyam Nikaya, Amarapura Nikaya and Ramanna Nikaya reminded the monks that they have "long been contributed to the progress of Sri Lanka." More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 12 10:33:22 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court takes up Fonseka's arrest
afp, Feb 12. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a challenge to the arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, as opposition parties stepped up a campaign for his immediate release.The court accepted a petition by Fonseka's wife requesting that his arrest be ruled illegal, and ordered the state to allow the former army chief family visits and medicines."The court granted leave to proceed with the case," a court official told AFP. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 12 09:17:38 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka braces for protests over Fonseka arrest
afp, Feb 12. COLOMBO (AFP) – Police in Colombo stepped up security Friday as the Supreme Court prepared to hear a suit challenging the arrest of Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Fonseka accused of link to editor's murder
smh, Feb 13. THE Sri Lankan Defence Secretary has told a Singaporean newspaper that the presidential challenger Sarath Fonseka abused his former top military post, plotted a military coup and was involved in the disappearance of several journalists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares at 1-week low on political woes
Reuters, Feb 12. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth straight session on Friday to a one-week closing low amid growing political uncertainty and low foreign inflows into the market despite post-war economic optimism... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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