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Sri Lankan ex-army chief jailed for war crime ‘lies’ – Channel 4 News

[Channel 4 News, Friday, 18 November 2011 11:20 One Comment]

Sri Lanka adds three years to a former army chief’s jail sentence for "making false allegations" that the defence secretary ordered government forces to commit war crimes.


A Sri Lankan high court extended former army commander Sarath Fonseka’s sentence, finding him guilty of making "false allegations" against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother, the Defence Secretary Gotbaya Rajapaksa.

Mr Fonseka had been quoted by a newspaper alleging that Defence Secretary Rajapaksa had ordered the execution of surrendering Tamil rebels in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s separatist conflict in May 2009.

A Sinhalese nationalist, Mr Fonseka led the army to victory in the war but fell out with President Rajapaksa shortly after.

The three-judge bench in a two-to-one judgement found Sarath Fonseka guilty of violating emergency regulations by "spreading rumours and causing public disorder" during the interview.

Hundreds of armed police increased security around the court during the delivery of the verdict, placing bomb-proof barricades around the complex in Hulftsdorp, Colombo.

Fonseka, who ran against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010 elections, is already serving a 30-month prison term after a court martial convicted him of irregularities in military procurements.

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  • raja said:

    i am v happy