‘Fonseka revealed State secrets’

Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambu-kwella yesterday said that the Directorate of Military Intelligence was investigating allegations that defeated Opposition presidential candidate Gen (retd) Sarath Fonseka had leaked discussions at the National Security Council to outsiders and his relationship with politicians supportive of the LTTE’s cause. The Minister accused the former Chief of Defence Staff of revealing sensitive information to the enemies of the State.

He said that the former Army Chief could be Court-martialled.

The Military Police arrested Fonseka on Monday night at his Rajakeeya Mawatha office in Colombo 07.

Responding to queries, Military Spokesman Maj Gen. Prasad Samarasinghe said the retired General would be tried for alleged offences committed under the Army Act and if there were any other charges he would be dealt with in a civilian Court.

"Fonseka can retain a lawyer of his choice and the lawyer as well as his family members will be given unhindered access to him," he said.

Mrs. Fonseka had requested access to the detained General and permission had been granted yesterday afternoon , Samarasinghe said.

Samarasinghe declined to divulge the exact location where Fonseka was being detained.

The Attorney General would advise the government whether Gen (Rtd ) Fonseka should be court martialled depending on evidence given by others , but he could appeal against a Military Court verdict in a normal Court of law, Rambukwella said.

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