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Charges to be framed against Fonseka in civil courts

Sri Lankan authorities said charges will be framed in two weeks' time against detained Fonseka in civil courts for allegedly plotting against the government and creating unrest within the force.

Written by Agencies | Colombo |
February 25, 2010 4:38:52 pm

Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday said charges will be framed in two weeks’ time against detained ex- army chief Sarath Fonseka in civil courts for allegedly plotting against the government and creating unrest within the force.

Under the Lankan Penal Code,59-year-old Fonseka will be charged with “fraud,condoning fraud,plotting against the government,creating unrest within the army and keeping army deserters under his protection,” Government Spokesman G L Peiris told reporters here.

In addition,charges will be framed against him under the Exchange Control Act for violating foreign exchange laws and condoning their violations,Peiris,also a senior minister,said.

Fonseka also faces the possibility of being tried in a military court separately.

Soon after his arrest on conspiracy charges on February 8,Minister of Media Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena had said the General was held under military act 57(1)for divulging secrets while in service.

Abeywardena had said a possible court martial could flow from the summary of evidence being collected by the military.

Fonseka,who is being detained at the Naval headquarters here,was the joint opposition candidate in the January 26 Presidential polls and was defeated by incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Now,he is set to contest the April 8 parliamentary polls as a candidate of the opposition Marxist JVP-dominated Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and has already signed his nomination papers.

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