Fonseka fears for his life, but declares he will not give up
Sri Lanka's former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, facing court martial in detention, has said "he has been set up" and fears that his life is at risk.world Updated: Mar 24, 2010 19:08 IST
Sri Lanka's former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, facing court martial in detention, has said "he has been set up" and fears that his life is at risk.
Maintaining that the charges against him were "bogus", the 59-year-old Fonseka claimed that he was being held "illegally" as the country's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom he lost to in the recently concluded Presidential elections, was "jealous" of him.
"He (Rajapaksa) is jealous of me as I got more votes than him although he rigged, he knows that I can challenge him," the Lankan war hero said in an interview to the UK-based Channel 4.
The channel said Fonseka's handwritten answers were smuggled out of Sri Lankan Naval Headquarters, where meeting political leaders, while still in uniform and procuring weapons for the forces at inflated prices are holding the former army chief on charges of flouting military rules.
Fonseka's interview from behind the bars apparently caught the authorities off-guard and the Director General of Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Lakshman Hulugalle said the matter was being investigated.
He clarified that the general's wife Anoma was questioned on Sunday as part of these investigations as also to probe the use of foreign exchange for Fonseka's Presidential campaign.
"Anoma and (JVP leader) Anura Kumara Dissanayake were questioned separately on the issue of the foreign exchange funds used for campaigning (during Presidential elections," Hulugalle said.
In the interview, Fonseka said he was being held illegally and that his life remains at risk.
Though in custody for more than 45 days, the hero of the Sri Lankan Army's triumph over the Tamil tigers in the decisive battles late last year declared, "I will never give up exposing the President for sake of country."
Hulugalle said a full fledge investigation was going on to find out how Fonseka leaked the interview to the channel.
First Published: Mar 24, 2010 19:07 IST