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Sri Lanka govt mulls legal options against Fonseka

world Updated: Dec 14, 2009 19:15 IST
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Sri Lanka's government will consider legal options against opposition presidential candidate and former Army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka for making baseless allegations against the Defence Secretary and his subordinate, a ruling coalition leader said on Monday.

Legal process would follow in this regard, Wimal Weerawansa, leader of the National Freedom Front, an ally of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said at a news briefing in Colombo.

He said the matter would be discussed at highest level of government to be forwarded to the Attorney-General for opinion to seek advice for the Criminal Investigation Department to commence investigations, an official statement said.

Fonseka had in an interview published in the "Sunday Leader" newspaper yesterday accused Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of ordering Brigadier Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army's 58th Division to kill surrendering LTTE leaders during the last phase of the war.

Weerawansa claimed that Fonseka as a retired military commander had violated all norms and traditions of the military establishment he served for 40 years by making baseless charges against his subordinate Brig Silva and his Defence Secretary Gotabhaya.

He lamented that a person who occupied the highest offices of the military establishment had behaved in such an "irresponsible" manner for political gain, the statement said.