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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief vows to fight back from jail - AFP, 2010-09-19 18:09:09 EST. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka on Sunday rejected his conviction at a court martial and said he would fight against a proposed three-year jail term.

Fonseka, in a statement released through his democratic National Alliance (DNA) party, said he did not accept Friday's verdict in a court martial which held he was guilty of corruption in defence procurement deals.

DNA spokesman Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the party rejected the court martial process as seriously flawed and would make a formal appeal to the civilian Court of Appeal "as a matter of routine". More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 19 23:12:02 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka's war probe commission attract hundreds in north - People's Daily Online, 2010-09-20 04:39:03 EST. Several hundred people in northern Sri Lanka attended sessions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) held over the weekend in the former Tamil Tiger rebels controlled area of Kilinochchi, officials from the LLRC said Sunday.

The LLRC held its public sessions Saturday and Sunday in different parts of the Kilinochchi district, which served as the administrative capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) rebels. The sessions would move on Monday to Mullaithivu, the former military center of the LTTE. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 19 21:58:59 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Show magnanimity - The Hindu, 2010-09-19 21:35:32 EST. The second court martial of Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka's former Army commander, has ended predictably with a verdict of guilty on the charge of violating procedures in military procurement. Last month, he was convicted of engaging in political activity while being in office. As punishment, the military court then handed down a dishonourable discharge, stripping him of his rank and all medals he had received in his 38-year career as a soldier. This time the court has recommended a three-year term in jail. Undeniably, there was a strong element of Bonapartism in many of Mr. Fonseka's actions during his final months in office. The success of the military campaign under his leadership against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam appeared to have gone to his head, as evident from his many transgressions of the red lines that govern civilian-military relations in a democratic set-up. As a military leader, Mr. Fonseka's action in contesting for presidentship as the candidate of the joint opposition against incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa was plainly adventurist. His entry into the political arena raised fears that the military would become politicised and Sri Lanka's civilian democracy would also be adversely affected. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 19 21:19:57 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sumithra Peries injured after accidental fall
The Hindu, 2010-09-20 03:35:00 EST. Sri Lankan filmmaker Sumithra Peries (75), who is now in Goa taking part in the South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) which began on Friday, escaped with minor injury when she had an accidental fall at Dona Paula near here on Sunday... Back to the top

Police: Safety lapse likely caused Sri Lanka blast
AP, Sep 18. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Improperly stored detonators are likely to have triggered a dynamite explosion that killed 25 people and injured dozens in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's wildlife parks attract more tourists - (press release), 2010-09-18 20:42:47 EST. 18, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- The percentage of foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka's national parks has doubled this year with the conclusion of the ... Back to the top

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