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OCTOBER 7, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Buddhist monks seek release of jailed ex-army chief in Sri Lanka
mc, oct 7. Colombo - Hundreds of Buddhist monks held a prayer meeting in Sri Lanka Thursday to call for the release of the country's ex-army chief who was jailed last week. An estimated 1,000 monks plus members of the public held a prayers in Kandy, 117 kilometres from the capital, and offered flowers at a Buddhist temple for the release of Sarath Fonseka. 'We are holding a pooja (ceremonial offering) so that the former army chief who saved the country from terrorism is released from custody,' Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha, who led the meeting, said. Fonseka was jailed for 30 months after he was found guilty by a court martial of favouring his son-in-law in military tenders. He was also found guilty in August by another court martial of engaging in politics while serving in the army and was dishonourably discharged. More...
Published: Thu Oct 7 21:55:01 EDT 2010

Sarath Fonseka loses parliamentary seat
dna, Oct 7. Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka's brief stint as an MP has come to a sudden end in the wake of his 30-month imprisonment for corruption in defence deals, amid reports that the president may consider pardoning him if a plea is made personally by him or a family member. Sri Lankan parliamentary secretary general Dhammika Kithulgoda today informed Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka that the parliamentary seat of 59-year-old Fonseka, who leads the opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA), has fallen vacant. Authorities have requested the EC to nominate a person for the seat in Fonseka's place. More...
Published: Thu Oct 7 10:27:59 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ex-army chief Fonseka loses seat as MP - BBC News
google.com, 2010-10-07 20:03:29 EST. Sri Lanka's former military commander has lost his parliamentary seat after a military court sentenced him to jail for 30 months, authorities say. The former four-star general, Sarath Fonseka, who led the war against the Tamil Tigers, was recently convicted of corruption in arms procurement. But the opposition has questioned the legality of the military court and whether he should lose his seat. They say they will appeal against the verdict. Mr Fonseka denied the charges. More...
Published: Thu Oct 7 21:55:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares at 2-wk low on correction; rupee up - Reuters
google.com, 2010-10-07 15:46:48 EST. COLOMBO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index lost for a fourth straight session on Thursday with a 1.34 percent fall as investors booked ... Back to the top

Rajapaksa to consider Fonseka release
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-07 09:21:56 EST. Days after Gen Sarath Fonseka was sent to jail, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said he could consider releasing the former Army Chief if a plea is made by him or his family... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accused of trying to silence corruption watchdog - Lanka Business Online
google.com, 2010-10-06 12:18:35 EST. Oct 06, 2010 (LBO) - The Sri Lankan government is trying to suppress exposures of state corruption by launching criminal investigations against the Sri Lankan branch of Transparency International (TISL), a corruption watchdog, a rights body said... Back to the top

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