Monday, March 8, 2010

Fonseka threatens hunger strike

Defeated presidential candidate Rtd. Gen. Sarath Fonseka has threatened to go on a hunger strike to protest against his detention, his wife said Sunday. Fonseka will begin his fast unless allowed to telephone their two daughters studying in the United States, Anoma Fonseka told reporters in Colombo.

"He told the senior-most naval officer guarding him that he will start his death fast from Sunday," she said.

Fonseka, 59, has been held at a naval detention centre since his arrest on February 8, two weeks after he was defeated in elections by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The government has yet to specify the charges Fonseka will face, but Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse -- the president's brother -- has said he plotted a military coup while in the army.
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