Buddhist monks seek release of jailed ex-army chief in Sri Lanka
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.
Published: Thu Oct 7 21:55:01 EDT 2010