Case against Fonseka for employing Army deserters
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:44
Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has slapped a fresh case on detained former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka for allegedly employing military deserters during the Presidential campaign earlier this year, the poll which he contested unsuccessfully against President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The Attorney General's department filed a fresh case against Fonseka, who is now an opposition lawmaker. He is accused of employing 10 army deserters in the run-up to the January presidential poll, a senior attorney told PTI.

The case was filed yesterday, the attorney said. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Attorney General on Tuesday indicted the mother of Danuna Tilakaranthne, the son in law of Fonseka over money laundering charges he has been ordered to appear in court on August 5 to face these charges.

Tilakaranthne, who is reported missing by the police, is wanted for his involvement in the case of weapon procurement by Hicorp, the company he was heading when Fonseka was the Army Chief.

He had allegedly earned money through commissions from weapons procurements he made for the Sri Lankan military during the last phase of the LTTE war.

Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Lanka Jayaratne yesterday refused to grant permission to Fonseka's two daughters to speak to him over telephone.

The Judge observed that no orders had been given earlier to Fonseka to speak to his daughters over telephone.

At the outset, Senior Defence Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti moved court to grant permission for his client's daughters to speak to him over the telephone.

Hicorp (Pvt) Limited Director Wellington Dehoedt and Fonseka were further remanded till July 26.

The second suspect in the case Fonseka's son-in-law Danuna Tillekeratne was not present in Court. Earlier, Court issued an open warrant for his arrest. Later, Court confiscated his assets. The Judge also observed that the CID had produced the suspects under the Public Property Act.

Earlier, Chief Inspector Mohan Siriwardena said Dehoet had forwarded several forged documents to the Army to obtain the contract to his company.

Senior Defence Counsel Sarath Siriwardena, Jayantha Dias Nanayakkara and Shiraz Noordeen appeared for Dehoet. The case will be called again on July 26.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:44

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