Sri Lanka set to try Fonseka

Ex-army chief who lost presidential poll to stand military trial next week.

    Rajapaksa, left, and Fonseka had been allies but fell out after defeating the Tamil Tigers [File: AFP]
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    The general was arrested by the army last month on the orders of Rajapaksa.

    The president appointed a three-member tribunal to try Fonseka for participating in politics while in office and violating military procurement procedures.

    Rajapaksa and Fonseka had been allies in the successful offensive that ended the country's 25-year civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, but they split following the end of the conflict last May.

    Sri Lankan officials have said "due process" would be followed in dealing with Fonseka, and have argued that "no one is above the law".

    Last month Fonseka's wife petitioned the supreme court, calling for the general's arrest to be ruled illegal.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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