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* Sri Lanka military denies claims of former Army Intel Chief being questioned over editor's assassination
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 07:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka military today denied reports that a former head of Sri Lanka Army Intelligence Unit is to be quizzed on the assassination of the Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickramathunga.

Director General of the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle called on the media to refrain from publicizing such reports.

Hulugalle told the media at a press briefing today that while 17 Army officers and other ranks have been questioned regarding the matter, 11 have already been released and six have been detained for further questioning.

He also added that evidence against former Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff Retired General Sarath Fonseka has almost been completed and that the report would be handed over to the Army Commander next week.

Hulugalle noted that evidence regarding allegations of irregularities in financial transactions of General Fonseka will be handed over to be taken up in the civil courts.

Military Spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe also addressing the media said the Sri Lanka Army regrets that its Intelligence Unit has been dragged into this matter.

However, Major General Samarasinghe observed that these allegations were not leveled against the Army Intelligence Unit, but against certain persons who had served in it.

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