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Latest update : 2011-11-18

The former chief of Sri Lanka's armed forces was jailed Friday for three years, after he was found guilty of implicating the country's defence secretary in war crimes. The high court found Sarath Fonseka breached Sri Lanka’s emergency law.

AP - A court has sentenced Sri Lanka’s former army chief to three years in prison for reportedly implicating the nation’s defence secretary in war crimes during the final stages of the country’s civil war.

A three-member High Court bench ruled Friday that Sarath Fonseka’s reported comments to a newspaper breached the country’s emergency law at the time.

Fonseka led Sri Lanka’s army to victory in its 25-year civil war with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009. He unsuccessfully challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election last year. 

Date created : 2011-11-18

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