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VOL. 10, NO. 314


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Army unmoved by growing support for Fonseka
HT, Feb 15. A groundswell of support seems to be building up to free the arrested former army chief Sarath Fonseka. But the army is likely to go ahead and initiate court martial proceedings against him, the first four-star general in its history. A board, of three or five members, would be constituted to hear the evidence against Fonseka, accused of planning a coup among other things. The court martial board would be headed by current chief of defence staff (CDS) and Sri Lankan air force chief, air marhsall Roshan Goonetilleke. More...
Published: Sun Feb 14 23:08:55 EST 2010

Sri Lankans, police clash again over detained general
Reuters, Feb 15. COLOMBO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters demanding the release of defeated presidential candidate Sanath Fonseka clashed with Sri Lankan police on Sunday in a fourth day of street protests."Police had to baton charge to disburse the crowd," said police spokesman Prasanth Jayakody, adding that three police officers were admitted to hospital with minor injuries.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...
Published: Sun Feb 14 22:31:50 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka monks back arrested ex-army chief
AFP, Feb 14, 2010. COLOMBO Leaders of Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy backed opposition demands Sunday for the immediate release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.

Top monks representing four sects made a joint appeal to President Mahinda Rajapakse to free Fonseka who was arrested last Monday by the military on unspecified charges of conspiring against the government.

"Under no circumstances can we endorse the arrest of ... a war hero who delivered the country from the clutches of terrorists," the monks said in a letter to Rajapakse, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

As the battlefield architect of the victory over the Tamil Tige More...
Published: Sun Feb 14 02:57:42 EST 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa should empower Tamils: SM Krishna
PTI, Feb 15. CHENNAI: India wants Sri Lanka to empower the minority Tamil speaking people through a political process and open a new chapter in the island nation's history, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said here today... Back to the top

Karuna warns Rajapaksa on devolution of powers
ENS, Feb 15. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday warned that the DMK would not be a mere spectator if the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka failed to honour the promise for devolution of powers to Tamils... Back to the top

S.Lanka president dismisses concern over rival's arrest
AFP, Feb 13, 2010. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president said Saturday there was no reason for concern over the arrest and detention of ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

New Zealand push to play Sri Lanka in USA
AFP, Feb 13, 2010. WELLINGTON New Zealand is poised to lead the way into the potentially lucrative United States cricket market with confirmation Saturday that talks are underway to play Sri Lanka in Florida this year... Back to the top

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