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`Talks with Lanka govt to free Fonseka positive`

Fonseka, 61, was jailed for 30 months in October of 2010 after he was convicted by a military court martial.



Colombo: The talks with the Sri Lankan
government for the release of jailed former Army chief Sarath
Fonseka has been positive, family and his political party
claimed on Monday.

"Talks have been positive", Anoma Fonseka the wife of the
former Army chief told reporters.

Despite speculation that Fonseka might be released on a
pardon from president Mahinda Rajapaksa marking the
independence day yesterday, the former Army chief continues
to serve his prison terms.

Fonseka, 61, was jailed for 30 months in October of 2010
after he was convicted by a military court martial for
adopting wrong procedure in military procurements when he
headed the military between 2005 and 2009.

In November last year he was handed a three year jail
term for making a statement to discredit the Army.

Anoma Fonseka however said that her husband would not
tender an apology, a key condition for a presidential pardon.

"He has done no wrong to apologise".

"The talks with the government to seek the general ere
held with the knowledge of the family and the party", Arjuna
Ranatunga a member of the Fonseka`s Democratic National
Alliance (DNA) said.

Fonseka the man who led the Army to victory over LTTE
ending their three decades old separatist campaign fell out
with Rajapaksa and took on the incumbent in the presidential
election of 2010.

Fonseka has dismissed legal action against him as
political witch hunt.

PTI

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