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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sri Lanka high court agreed to review opposition candidate arrest
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On February 12, 2010, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed to consider a petition challenging the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, who was arrested "in connection with certain fraudulent acts and other military offences." Incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa alleged that Fonseka was planning a coup and Sri Lankas rejected a petition to immediately release Fonseka. 0n August 13, 2010, a Sri Lanka court martial found Fonseka guilty of engaging in politics while on active duty and sentenced him to a dishonorable discharge. Fonseka initially said he would appeal his conviction. However, Fonseka was also convicted by court-martial on charges of corruption in September 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison.

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