Sarath Fonseka

  • 'Fonseka a pawn in game to checkmate Rajapaksa' May 22, 2012

    Colombo: While Sri Lanka's state media chose to ignore Sarath Fonseka's release from prison, pro-government newspapers said on Tuesday that the former Army Chief had become a "political pawn" in the hands of foreign countries against President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The story of Fonseka's release on Monday dominated the local media on...
  • Sri Lanka to free jailed ex-army chief Fonseka May 17, 2012

    Colombo: A member of parliament in Sri Lanka said on Wednesday he believed President Mahinda Rajapaksa would soon order the release of the country's former army chief Sarath Fonseka, revered by many of his compatriots for helping end a 25-year civil war. The jailing of General Fonseka has prompted criticism in...
  • SL ex-Army chief loses appeal against jail term December 16, 2011

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan Appeal Court on Friday rejected a former Army chief Sarath Fonseka's plea against his 30-month jail term. The Appeal Court in a unanimous decision upheld the verdict of the court martial which sentenced Fonseka in September of 2010. The military court martial found Fonseka guilty of following...
  • Ex-SL army chief get 3 more years in jail November 18, 2011

    Colombo: Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was on Friday sentenced to spend three more years in prison after a court convicted him for alleging that the powerful brother of the country's President had ordered the execution of surrendering Tamil rebels. Fonseka, a member of Parliament, was found guilty...
  • Imprisoned Fonseka now loses parliamentary seat October 7, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka's brief stint as an MP has come to a sudden end in the wake of his 30-month imprisonment for corruption in defence deals, amid reports that the President may consider pardoning him if a plea is made personally by him or a...
  • Fonseka begins his 30-month jail term today October 1, 2010

    The general who led the war against the LTTE was found guilty of making irregular purchases by a military court. ...
  • Ex-Lanka army chief held guilty of corruption September 17, 2010

    Colombo: Already stripped off his military rank and medals, former Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka was on Friday held guilty of corruption charges by a second court martial and sentenced to a prison term of three years. Now an opposition lawmaker, Fonseka, who led Sri Lankan Army to a spectacular...
  • Ex-Lanka Army chief stripped of rank, medals August 13, 2010

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan military court on Friday stripped the country's war hero and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka of his rank and medals after finding him guilty of dabbling in politics, while in service. The 59-year-old General was convicted by the first court martial against him, which began deliberations five...
  • Fonseka ends fast after allowed to talk with his family March 10, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief General Sarath Fonseka, arrested over the charges of conspiring to topple the government, has called off his hunger strike after being allowed to speak to his daughters via his wife's mobile phone. Fonseka suspended his fast unto death on Tuesday after the military granted him...
  • Lankan ex-general Fonseka starts hunger strike March 7, 2010

    Colombo: Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan army commander and presidential candidate now being detained in a navy facility, has begun a hunger strike to protest his lack of access to a telephone, his wife announced on Sunday. Anoma Fonseka said her husband was prepared to fast to death. Sarath Fonseka was...
  • Lankan parliament dissolved ahead of new polls February 10, 2010

    Colombo, (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament to make way for spring elections a day after authorities arrested a key opposition leader, crippling the only serious threat to the ruling party's stifling grip on power. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's move on Tuesday to call parliamentary elections follows his sweeping victory...
  • Gen Fonseka's wife says Lanka govt framing him February 9, 2010

    New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan Army chief General Sarath Fonseka, the man who led the war against the LTTE, is fighting a losing battle against the Government of President Mahinda Rajapaska. Cases have been registered against General Fonseka but his family say he is been framed. "It is abduction for another reason....
  • Fonseka 'hell-bent' on betrayal: Sri Lanka February 9, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday said defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka was "hell-bent" on betrayal and would be court-martialled on charges of conspiring against the president. Fonseka lost by an 18 percentage point margin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a January 26 election, after which he accused his former...
  • Ex-Sri Lanka Army chief Fonseka arrested February 8, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka arrested former army commander and losing presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka at his office on Monday night, for what the army said were military offences. Fonseka lost by an 18 percent margin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a Jan. 26 election, and since then has accused his former...
  • Lankan ex-army chief could face court martial February 8, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka could face a military court on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government and plotting to kill President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a report said on Sunday. The Rajapaksa-led government, which alleged soon after the presidential poll verdict that the former military chief had...
  • Lankan police raid General Fonseka's office: aide January 29, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lankan Police raided the office of losing presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka on Friday, an aide said, two days after troops had surrounded him inside a hotel on suspicion he was plotting a coup. "The police Special Task Force broke into the office of Sarath Fonseka," said aide Asanka...
  • Fonseka plotted to murder Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka January 28, 2010

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has alleged that Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the defeated Presidential candidate, was plotting to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka defence ministry officials alleged at a press conference that Fonseka was planning to kill the entire Rajapaksa family and they had evidence to prove that the retired...
  • Rajapakse defeats Fonseka in Lanka presidential poll January 27, 2010

    Sri Lanka has decided that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is their real war hero. He defeated General Sarath Fonseka in the Presidential election.. leading by almost 60 per cent votes. ...
  • SL President Rajapaksa wins second term in office January 27, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won a second term in office, state-run Rupavahini television reported on Wednesday. "The president has recorded a remarkable victory, with a more than 1.8 million vote majority," Rupavahini said. Official final results were not due for another three hours, but polling showed the incumbent...
  • Lankan army surrounds General Fonseka's hotel January 27, 2010

    Colombo: Early returns Wednesday showed Sri Lanka's incumbent President ahead of his former army chief in their bitter race to win the country's first postwar election, while government troops surrounded the ex-general's hotel. In a sign of the sky-high tensions between the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former top...
  • Rajapaksa takes massive lead in Sri Lanka poll January 27, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has established a huge lead over his main rival former army chief General Sarath Fonseka in the presidential election. Rajapakse has won nearly 60 per cent of the ballots counted so far against about 40 per cent for General Fonseka, the man who led the...
  • SL Tamils divided between Gen Fonseka, Rajapaksa January 25, 2010

    Jaffna: Jaffna, the birthplace of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will soon vote for Sri Lanka's next president. Jaffna's fishermen are back at sea and the fish markets are loud and noisy once again. The regular market works as if nothing ever happened in Jaffna town. The birthplace of the...
  • Fonseka-Rajapaksa battle decider on January 26 January 23, 2010

    Colombo: The man responsible for eliminating the LTTE and its chief are now looking to win Sri Lanka's Presidential election. On the 26th of January, Sri Lanka will witness a fight between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former army chief Sarath Fonseka for the nation's highest office. Fonseka...
  • World look on closely as Sri Lanka goes to polls January 22, 2010

    Colombo: All eyes are on Sri Lanka where a fierce electoral battle is on for the post of the president. The main competitors are President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Sri Lanka Army chief General Sarath Fonseka. Rajapaksa is on a campaign for votes in a presidential election that he advance by two...
  • Fonseka backtracks on sensational allegations December 15, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition presidential candidate and former Army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka on Monday backtracked on his sensational allegations that the Defence Secretary had ordered security forces that all surrendering LTTE leaders in the last phase of the war must be "killed". Less than 24 hours after he ignited a...
  • Sri Lanka President 'war criminal', try him: Tamils December 14, 2009

    Toronto: Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada have called for an international trial of the Sri Lankan President for allegedly ordering the killing of surrendering LTTE leaders during the ethnic war that ended in May. Former Sri Lankan army chief and Opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has alleged that Defence Secretary Gotabaya...
  • Lanka army killed surrendering LTTE leaders: ex-general December 14, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan forces killed three surrendering Tamil rebel leaders on the orders of the country’s Defence Secretary and the President’s brother, alleges former army chief Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who is contesting presidential election’s next year. Fonseka, in an interview to the weekly The Sunday, said three leaders of the Liberation...
  • Sri Lanka's ex-army chief to run for president November 29, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief announced on Sunday he will run for president as head of a coalition of opposition parties, challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an electoral battle that will pit the two war heroes against each other. General Sarath Fonseka's forces swept through the jungles of northern Sri...
  • Former Lankan army chief to run for presidency November 29, 2009

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan army commander, General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka, who led the military victory over separatist Tamil rebels this year, officially announced his candidacy for president on Sunday. General Fonseka, who survived a rebel suicide bomb attack in 2006 and commanded the army to victory in May, will challenge the...
  • Sri Lanka's top general resigns, may run for prez November 12, 2009

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's top general, who engineered the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after a 25-year war, has resigned, sources said on Thursday, amid speculation he will run for president as an opposition candidate. General Sarath Fonseka is expected to challenge his Commander-in-Chief, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in...