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Sri Lankan dissident: Overthrow president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 14 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's former army commander Thursday called for the ouster of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the toppling of the government.

Former Sri Lanka army chief ready to testify about war

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 22 (UPI) -- The former head of Sri Lanka's army said Tuesday the country must cooperate if there is an international investigation of Sri Lanka's civil war.

Sri Lanka to free opposition leader

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 20 (UPI) -- The president of Sri Lanka Sunday ordered the release of Sarath Fonseka, a former general who was also a political rival.

Sri Lankan court jails former general

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Former army commander and war hero Sarath Fonseka has begun a three-year sentence in a Colombo jail for implicating the government in alleged war crimes.

Sri Lanka puts former top general on trial

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A former military commander and opposition leader has gone on trial over war crimes accusations against the Sri Lanka government.

Sri Lankan politician challenges ruling

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A former Sri Lankan army chief says he will appeal through a civilian court for the rank, pension and medals stripped from him by a military court martial.

Sri Lankan general convicted

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Gen. Sarath Fonseka, former head of the Sri Lankan Army and a candidate for president, was convicted Friday of engaging in politics in uniform.

Sri Lankan general convicted of meddling

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka may get a dishonorable discharge for meddling in politics while serving in uniform, a military court said.

Fonseka denies accusations

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 9 (UPI) -- Former Sri Lankan Gen. Sarath Fonseka, now in military detention, denied accusations by the defense secretary that he is a liar and a traitor, the BBC reported.

Court suspends Fonseka court martial

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 4 (UPI) -- A Sri Lankan appeals court suspended the court martial of former Gen. Sarath Fonseka until it decides on his petition questioning the military trial.

Fonseka sworn in as MP

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 22 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's former military chief Sarath Fonseka, freed from custody briefly Thursday to be sworn as a lawmaker, called for rule of law in the country.

Sri Lankans vote to pick new parliament

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 8 (UPI) -- Sri Lankans voted Thursday to pick a new parliament in the first polling since President Mahinda Rajapaksa's military ended the prolonged Tamil Tiger civil war.

Sri Lanka general refutes charges

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, March 16 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's former army chief, once hailed as a hero in the campaign against rebel Tamil Tigers, faces charges he says are designed to remove him from politics.

Fonseka suspends fast

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, March 10 (UPI) -- A former Sri Lankan army chief now in military custody suspended his hunger strike after being given a telephone to speak to his daughters, a relative said.

Fonseka release plea denied by court

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court denied a petition seeking the release of retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who was arrested after he lost in the presidential election.
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Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, known as Sarath Fonseka (Sinhala: සරත් ෆොන්සේකා, Tamil: சரத் பொன்சேகா, born 18 December 1950) is a former commander and General of the Sri Lanka Army and a former candidate for President of Sri Lanka. As Commander of the Army, he played an instrumental role in ending the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009, defeating the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the process. He later had a public falling out with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and unsuccessfully challenged Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential election.

Fonseka joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1970 and saw extensive action throughout the 26 year civil war, culminating in a term as Commander of the Army from 6 December 2005 - 15 July 2009. As commander, he oversaw the final phase of the Sri Lankan Civil War, which resulted in the total defeat of the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organisation. He also survived an assassination attempt when an LTTE suicide bomber attacked his motorcade in April 2006. Following the end of the war Fonseka was promoted to a four star rank in the Sri Lanka Army, becoming the first serving officer to hold a four star rank. He has been described as Sri Lanka's most successful army commander, and his successful conduct of the war led the Indian National Security Advisor Kelath Narayanan to describe him as the "best army commander in the world".

A few months after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, Fonseka was appointed Chief of Defence Staff by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. While his new post was of a higher rank, Fonseka saw the move as an attempt to sideline him. Amid rumours of his desire to enter politics, he subsequently retired from the post on 16 November 2009. On 29 November 2009, Fonseka formally announced his candidature in the 2010 Sri Lankan Presidential Election. His candidacy was endorsed by the main opposition parties, and Fonseka became the main opposition candidate challenging President Rajapaksa. He campaigned under the sign of a swan, and the slogan Vishvasaniya Venasak (A Credible Change). In the election, held on 26 January 2010, he was convincingly defeated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who obtained 57% of all votes cast.

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