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* Marxists say Sri Lanka's ex-military leader not charged for alleged conspiracy as previously claimed
Sat, Mar 13, 2010, 11:56 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna says that the charges brought against Sri Lanka's former Army Commander General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka do not include the allegations leveled against him initially upon his arrest by the military last month.

JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the charges leveled against General Fonseka do not include the allegations of plotting to assassinate the President and the Defence Secretary and conspiring to topple the government, for which the General was initially arrested on February 8.

He told the media at a press briefing that although the Defence Secretary has said that General Fonseka was arrested for alleged offences committed while serving in the Sri Lanka Army, he was arrested for alleged conspiracy theories.

Dissanayake said the government was trying to convict General Fonseka in a court martial before the general election in order to create a public opinion that it was useless to vote for him at the general election as he could not enter parliament.

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