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Sri Lanka Says General Fonseka to Face Civil Charges
Bloomberg, Feb. 26. Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka said General Sarath Fonseka, the defeated opposition candidate in January’s presidential election being detained for violating military law, will face additional charges in a civilian court.

Charges will be filed “within the next two weeks” under the country’s penal code, the government said on its Web site.

“He will be accused of fraud, condoning fraud, plotting against the government, creating unrest within the army and keeping army deserters under his protection,” the government cited G.L. Peiris, the minister of export development and international trade, as saying late yesterday.

Fonseka was the main challenger to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was re-elected in the first national ballot since the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists last May ended a 26-year conflict. The former army chief was arrested Feb. 8, a move that prompted opposition protests and accusations the government intends to prevent him from participating in general elections scheduled for April. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 25 20:18:13 EST 2010


IMF May Alter Sri Lanka Loan Program as Deficit Exceeds Target
Bloomberg, Feb 25. Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The International Monetary Fund said it may consider changing a $2.6 billion loan package to Sri Lanka after the country’s 2009 budget deficit exceeded the lender’s target under the aid program.

“Sluggish” revenue growth and government spending to rebuild after the end of the island’s 26-year civil war caused the fiscal deficit to overshoot the IMF’s target, the Washington-based lender said today.

“We are currently assessing the implications of this outturn for bringing the underlying budget deficit to a sustainable level,” the IMF said in a statement in Colombo today.

Central bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said Feb. 9 that Sri Lanka will find it “challenging” to meet this year’s budget deficit target. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who called parliamentary polls for April after winning reelection at a Jan. 26 ballot, has pledged to spend $1 billion a year to build new roads and power plants in the war-torn north. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 25 08:58:56 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lankan government voices anger as UK MPs address Tamil group
Guardian, Feb 27. The diplomatic rift between London and Colombo has widened after Gordon Brown and David Miliband met delegates from a new worldwide Tamil union despite "strong protests" from the Sri Lankan government.

Miliband, the foreign secretary, used his address to the inaugural conference of the Global Tamil Forum at the Commons yesterday to urge the Sri Lankan government to embark on a "genuinely inclusive political process". More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 25 22:34:24 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka relations with West sour over rights abuses
National, Feb 26. COLOMBO // Amid tension between Sri Lanka and western countries over Colombo’s treatment of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka – following much western censure over the government’s war with Tamil Tiger rebels – questions are being asked in Sri Lanka about the country’s relations with the West... Back to the top

Detained ex-army chief to contest Sri Lanka vote
AP, Feb 25. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's ex-army chief who was detained on accusations of sedition after losing presidential elections is set to lead a new opposition coalition in an April parliamentary vote, a party official said Thursday... Back to the top

Jettison LTTE agenda, Diaspora told
hindu, Feb 25. COLOMBO: The International Crisis Group (ICG) has urged the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora to jettison the failed Tamil Eelam agenda of the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka crackdown shreds hopes of reconciliation
sify, feb 25. In the afterglow of his thumping re-election last month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised to build a strong and unified country that would consign its 37-year civil war to the past... Back to the top

Miliband addresses Global Tamil Forum, Lanka fumes
HT, Feb 25. A new chill settled on the diplomatic relation between Sri Lanka and Britain as British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed a Parliament meeting of the Global Tamil Forum on Wednesday... Back to the top

Lanka resettles over 1,000 Tamils in north
PTI, Feb 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has resettled over 1,000 displaced Tamils in their towns and village in the country's war-torn northern region... Back to the top

Restored library in Sri Lanka signals hope for Tamil minority
CSM, Feb 25. Decades of civil strife have left their mark on Jaffna, the heartland of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger defeat could lead to bombings here, report says
NationalPost, Feb 25. Canadian security officials are concerned that last year's defeat of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels could trigger attacks like the 1985 Air India bombings, says a new report... Back to the top

UNP fails to woo Fonseka; Lanka polls to witness 3-cornered fight
DNA, Feb 24. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP has failed in its last-ditch effort to convince detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka to contest the April 8 parliamentary poll under the front led by it, setting the stage for a three-cornered fight also involving a JVP-dominated alliance and the ruling UPFA... Back to the top

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