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* Sri Lanka court allows further detention of army officers alleged of coup
Sat, Feb 27, 2010, 12:39 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 26, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate Court today ordered the further detention of six army officers arrested for their alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow the Sri Lankan government in connivance with defeated presidential candidate and former military chief General Sarath Fonseka.

When the suspects were produced in the court Friday, the Chief Magistrate Champa Janaki Jayaratna allowed the Terrorist Investigations Department to detain and question Fonseka's secretary Senake De Silva, Brigadier Duminda Kappetiwalana and four others until March 26 under the Emergency law.

The suspects denied all charges against them.

Brigadier Duminda Kappetiwalana is also implicated in the murder of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramathunga in January 2009.

The Magistrate yesterday released eight aides of General Fonseka who were arrested by the CID soon after the conclusion of the Presidential Election.

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