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Sri Lanka ex-army chief jailed for three years
18 Nov, 2011 13:12:56
November 18, 2011 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan High Court sentenced former army chief Sarath Fonseka to three years in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of making a false allegation against the president's brother.
Fonseka, who ran against President Mahinda Rajapakse in 2010 elections, is already serving a 30-month prison term after a court martial convicted him of irregularities in military procurements.

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

He had alleged that President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, had ordered the execution of surrendering Tamil rebels in the final stages of Sri Lanka's separatist conflict in May 2009.

One of the judges cleared Fonseka of all three charges brought against him, court officials said.

Fonseka has the right to appeal.

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4. Murshid Nov 19
Mahinda Rajapaksa was an honest and capable leader to be the President Forever. We won the war because of him and his brother Gothabaya Rajapaksa. Very soon Sri Lanka will be a Miracle of Asia thanks to Rajapaksa Family. Some opposition people are jealous of this.
3. Ravi Nov 19
We are all safe and walk about without fear due to SF. Even the President acts runs around the country freely due Sf wining the War. We our entire country indebted to him. Its a very sad day for the entire Country. When People like Duminda goes free. I am not surprised if a case was filed against Baratha Laxman for shooting Duminda.
2. Asa Nov 18
At least 1 judge had the dignity in tact. I believe there will be new evidence to the case as the Norway is publishing the actual situation from their side.
1. Sri Lankan Nov 18
As expected.