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Fonseka spends a year in custody

world Updated: Feb 09, 2011 01:54 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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Demanding former army chief Sarath Fonseka's immediate release, Opposition activists demonstrated outside a Colombo jail on Tuesday to mark one-year of his arrest by the military police.

Fonseka was dragged out of his office on the night of February 8 by the military police on charges of planning a coup. He had lost the Presidential election to incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa on January 26, 2010.

Later, two court martial found him guilty of corruption and engaging in politics while in uniform and the former general was jailed for 30 months. He was stripped off his rank and medals.

Fonseka had also won a Parliamentary seat in April 2010 but lost it after being jailed.

On Tuesday, slogan-shouting members of the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) gathered outside the Welikada jail where Fonseka is housed.

"We will not give up our struggle until he is released," quoted Fonseka's wife, Anoma, has having told protesters.

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