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Talks with Lanka govt to free Fonseka positive

[Zee News, Monday, 6 February 2012 16:30 No Comment]

Sarath Fonseka (PTI) The talks with the Sri Lankan government for the release of jailed former Army chief Sarath Fonseka has been positive, family and his political party claimed on Monday.

"Talks have been positive", Anoma Fonseka the wife of the former Army chief told reporters.

Despite speculation that Fonseka might be released on a pardon from president Mahinda Rajapaksa marking the independence day yesterday, the former Army chief continues to serve his prison terms.

Fonseka, 61, was jailed for 30 months in October of 2010 after he was convicted by a military court martial for adopting wrong procedure in military procurements when he headed the military between 2005 and 2009.

In November last year he was handed a three year jail term for making a statement to discredit the Army.

Anoma Fonseka however said that her husband would not tender an apology, a key condition for a presidential pardon.

"He has done no wrong to apologise".

"The talks with the government to seek the general ere held with the knowledge of the family and the party", Arjuna Ranatunga a member of the Fonseka’s Democratic National Alliance (DNA) said.

Fonseka the man who led the Army to victory over LTTE ending their three decades old separatist campaign fell out with Rajapaksa and took on the incumbent in the presidential election of 2010.

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