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AUGUST 20, 2010 EST, USA
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One-sided, vindictive: Fonseka
The Hindu, 2010-08-20 03:22:00 EST. The former Sri Lankan Army Chief and parliamentarian, Sarath Fonseka, on Thursday said he expected to be jailed by the second court martial probing into the alleged irregularities in military purchases by the Army during his tenure as the Army Chief.

At a news conference inside the Parliament complex, he denounced his indictment by the first court martial as one-sided and vindictive and said he was being prosecuted by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for contesting in the January presidential election.

“They have already made up their mind to put me in jail. But I am not worried as the whole process of the court martial is a sham. We would appeal against the first court martial in a higher court though we do not expect justice,” he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 20 01:45:50 EDT 2010

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