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'Not easy for Fonseka to come out of army detention'

Anoma, wife of detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, has said the General realises it will be difficult for him to come out of the military detention, even as she vowed to make every effort to secure the release of her husband charged with treason.

world Updated: Mar 14, 2010 16:03 IST

Anoma, wife of detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, has said the General realises it will be difficult for him to come out of the military detention, even as she vowed to make every effort to secure the release of her husband charged with treason.

"General Fonseka, of course, likes to come out but he has realised that it is not easy to do so," she said, adding she has faith in the judiciary.

"I believe that the pressure exerted (on government) by various quarters in the country for the release of Gen Fonseka has been up to now satisfactory. But releasing him can be done only through legal proceedings and we thoroughly believe in judiciary," Anoma told 'The Nation' newspaper.

59-year-old Fonseka is heading the Marxist JVP-dominated opposition Democratic National Alliance (NDA) in the April 8 Parliamentary polls that will take on the UNF led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the ruling UPFA of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Last week, Anoma filed a habeas corpus petition seeking Fonseka's release from army detention after producing him before the Appeal Court.

The petition cited Army Commander Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya, head of the Military Police Brig E K J K Wijesiri, Navy Commander Vice Admiral T S P Samarasinghe and the Attorney General as respondents.

Noting that Fonseka provided leadership to the army in defeating LTTE, it says even the Defence Secretary admits the General was an excellent army commander.