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* Alliance led by former Sri Lankan Army Commander launches online petition for his release
Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 08:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Colombo: Democratic National Alliance (DNA) of Sri Lanka launched an online petition today seeking the release of defeated opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka who is now in military custody.

DNA is an alliance between Fonseka, his supporters, and the Marxist People's Liberation Front (JVP) that was formed to contest the upcoming general election scheduled to be held on April 08. Fonseka is contesting for parliamentary representation from Colombo district under the 'trophy' symbol of the alliance.

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva launched the petition entering his signature and delivered a speech held in Fonseka's office in Colombo which now functions as the DNA headquarters.

Politician turned former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga also participated in the launch that was chaired by Mrs. Anoma Fonseka. JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and several former MPs of the JVP also participated in the function.

The petition can be approached via www.freesarathfonseka.com. The website alleges that the retired General is undemocratically detained at Sri Lanka Navy headquarters with meager facilities deteriorating his health.

"Sri Lankans throughout the world are struggling against this undemocratic and villainous act. We expect your contribution to get freedom for Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who is the hero that turned the history of Sri Lanka on a new path," it says.

The government has assured that Fonseka will be indicted within several weeks in civil and military courts for the offences he has allegedly committed.

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