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* Detained military leader of Sri Lanka continues his hunger strike
Tue, Mar 9, 2010, 09:16 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who is currently under military custody awaiting a court martial, is to continue his fast unto death demanding for his wife's mobile phone to speak to his daughters in the United States.

General Fonseka has made this demand despite that Sri Lanka military has provided him telephone facilities to speak to his children.

The General's wife Anoma Fonseka has reportedly said that her husband had rejected the telephone provided by the Army and insisted he needed to speak to his two daughters only through her mobile phone.

"He is continuing his fast. He will only stop if he is allowed to speak to our children through my mobile phone. He does not trust anyone," Anoma has told the media after visiting the General.

Military Spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said General Fonseka was provided with a phone to speak to his daughters, which was an additional privilege. The Army maintains that it is not bound by any law or court order to provide telephone facilities for the General to speak to his daughters.

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