The Lanka Academic

MARCH 16, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 344


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Sri Lankas Fonseka " I will never give up"
Channel 4, March 17. Exclusive: Former army commander General Sarath Fonseka tells Channel 4 News from his Sri Lanka prison cell that he is being set up, and claims the charges he faces in a military court are bogus. Sri Lanka's former army commander, who is facing two separate courts martial in Colombo, has told Channel 4 News that he has been set up and that the charges he is facing are bogus.His handwritten answers were smuggled out of Sri Lankan Naval Headquarters, where General Sarath Fonseka is being held. "None of the accusations are true," said the general, who retired from the army to run in presidential elections against the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapakse. More...
Published: Tue Mar 16 14:01:05 EDT 2010

U.N. chief defends plan for Sri Lanka rights panel
Reuters - India, March 16, 2010. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dismissed on Tuesday objections by Sri Lanka to his plan to establish a panel to look into possible human rights abuses there and said he would set it up without delay.

Ban told a news conference he was within his rights to appoint the commission of experts to probe possible violations during Sri Lanka's civil war despite a complaint from President Mahinda Rajapaksa this month that the move was unwarranted.

The U.N. chief also rejected as based on a "misunderstanding" a letter from non-aligned countries at the United Nations charging that he was exceeding his authority.

Rights groups and Western governments are pressing for some kind of accountability for thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of the island's 25-year war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who aimed to create a separate homeland for the island's Tamil minority.

Rights groups have accused Sri Lanka and the LTTE of war crimes during the conflict's final phase last year and have demanded an independent More...
Published: Tue Mar 16 16:00:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Court martial of Sri Lanka's ex-general resumes
Press TV, March 16. The court martial of Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka has resumed on charges of intruding in the political process as a military officer. Three military judges are going to decide whether Fonseka, a retired army general, is guilty of interfering in politics while still serving as an army general. A spokesman for Fonseka, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said his lawyers raised two objections in his military trial. The first objection was that the judges were biased, and the second was that his military trial is unjustified since he left the army over six months ago. More...
Published: Tue Mar 16 13:50:58 EDT 2010 Back to the top

General Fonseka appears before Sri Lanka military court
BBC, March 17. Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka is appearing before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in office... Back to the top

'No democracy' in S.Lanka, says Fonseka supporter
AFP, March 15, 2010 06:18. NEW DELHI Sri Lanka's former chief justice slammed the arrest of ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka on Monday on the eve of his court martial, saying there was "no democracy" in the country... Back to the top

INTERVIEW - Sri Lanka to request IMF waiver on deficit - cbank
Reuters India, March 15, 2010, 06:30. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will seek a waiver from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after failing to meet its 2009 budget deficit target as agreed for a $2.6 billion loan, the central bank said on Monday... Back to the top

Lawyers alarmed over 'rights abuse' in Sri Lanka
BBC News, March 15, 2010. A panel of international lawyers says it is alarmed over reports that human rights activists and reporters are being intimidated in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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