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Probe into Fonseka’s poll funds
dpa, feb 22. Sri Lanka is investigating whether foreign sources funded the campaign of defeated opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, a newspaper report said yesterday. The former Army commander is already in military custody facing charges of conspiracy against the government. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) began investigating after $527,000 in cash were found in the bank locker of a close relative of Fonseka last week, the Sunday Times in Colombo reported. Sri Lankan law limits the possession of US bank notes to $2,000 without government permission, it said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 21 21:33:30 EST 2010

Rise of Sri Lankan President’s son Namal Rajapaksa sparks concern
times, feb 22. Modesty is apparently not a strong point for Namal Rajapaksa, the 23-year-old son of the Sri Lankan President and scion of Asia’s newest political dynasty.

His website says: “A future leader with a friendly spirit and possessing good values is what comes to mind when meeting the dashing and smashing young Namal Rajapaksa.”

The keen rugby player graduated from London’s City University in September with a third-class law degree. He now clearly plans to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mahinda, who was an MP at 24 and went on to defeat his former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, in a presidential election last month.

Last week, after General Fonseka’s arrest, Namal was accepted by his father’s party as a candidate in parliamentary elections on April 8, joining dozens of other relatives in government and politics. One rumour suggests that he could take over the politically powerful position of Custodian of the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist shrine. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 21 21:32:38 EST 2010 Back to the top

Colombo sees attempts to derail democracy
hindu, Feb 21. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Saturday complained to two visiting envoys that some countries were channelling funds via international and local non-governmental organisations to destabilise democracy.

In separate meetings with Australian special envoy to Sri Lanka John McCarthy and Ambassador of Sudan Khidir Haroun Ahmed, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama conveyed the concern. Though he did not name any country, his remarks assume significance against the backdrop of a February 10 interview Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave to the Singapore-based Straits Times where he had talked about the alleged coup plans of the former Army Chief, retired General Sarath Fonseka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 20 22:42:45 EST 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa Actions Politicise Sri Lanka Army
com, February 21. Since his re-election for a second term, President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa is clearly on a 'purging spree'... Back to the top

Lanka for community villages for ex-rebels
ens, feb 21. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government said Saturday it will set up community villages to rehabilitate former Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Tamil newspaper’s Scarborough office attacked
star, feb 22. The front window of Uthayan newspaper’s office looked like a “vehicle drove right through it” when Kula Sellathurai arrived at the scene... Back to the top

Luxury jail treatment for ex Sri Lanka army chief: president
afp, feb 21. NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka's president says arrested ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka is getting "five-star" treatment in custody, it was reported Saturday... Back to the top

Former Lanka president slams govt for holding Fonseka without charge
DNAIndia, Feb 20, 2010. COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan prime minister and opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has slammed the government for detaining Gen Sarath Fonseka without charges, accusing it of trying to "concoct" evidence against the defeated presidential candidate... Back to the top

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