Sri Lanka's detained former Army chief to face trial

23:06, July 29, 2010      

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General Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan Army Commander who led the government troops in the victorious battle against Tamil Tiger rebels appeared before the High Court here Thursday.

Fonseka will face trial-at-bar from Sept. 29 in the case where he has been indicted for making public statements which were harmful to national security.

Fonseka's interview with the local newspaper "Sunday Leader" that the government troops had executed Tamil Tiger rebels who wanted to surrender by raising white flags was charged as treason.

Fonseka later clarified that he was only conveying information received from a journalist and his troops had not committed any war crimes.

The former Army chief who contested the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election held in January was arrested by the military in early February.

He faces four more cases including two military tribunals on other charges.

Fonseka has dismissed all cases as politically motivated.

Source: Xinhua


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