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Fonseka could be hanged: Sri Lanka

[PTI, Monday, 7 June 2010 12:34 No Comment]

Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute the country’s jailed former Army chief and war hero Sarath Fonseka if he continues to suggest that top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the bloody civil war.

The threat has been issued by the country’s powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who said Fonseka would be hanged if he deposes before any investigations into the alleged war crimes.

Fonseka, 59, who fell out with the President after the Tamil Tigers were crushed in May last year, bringing an end to an almost thirty year civil war on the island nation, is currently being tried by court martial on two separate charges of corruption in defence deals and politicking while in uniform.

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