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* Accused ex-military leader of Sri Lanka threatens hunger strike
Sun, Mar 7, 2010, 09:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 07, Colombo: The defeated presidential candidate and former military chief retired General Sarath Fonseka is to begin a hunger strike today to demand access to a telephone, his wife announced Sunday.

General Fonseka who is being detained at the Navy headquarters after his arrest on February 8th is threatening to fast unless he is allowed to call his two daughters in the United States, his wife Anoma Fonseka told media. She says her husband is prepared to fast to death.

The retired military chief is accused of planning to overthrow the government following his defeat in the presidential elections in January which the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa won with a comfortable margin of victory.

However, the defeated presidential candidate has refused to accept the election results and filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the result.

Meanwhile, the Army has recorded evidence form 31 persons and is in the process of finalizing the evidence against him. The Army Commander is expected to announce formal charges against him within the next few days.

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