General Sarath Fonseka is seeking asylum overseas including Australia. However Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says his country has still not got an official request.
In an interview with The Australian at his home in Colombo, the former Sri Lankan army chief turned presidential challenger said he had spoken to the US and British embassies in Sri Lanka and was also planning to speak to the Australian high commissioner about the possibility of temporary asylum.
But the man credited with winning the war against the rebel Tamil Tigers last May - along with his former commander-in-chief, President Mahinda Rajapakse, revealed he was being prevented from leaving the country, the Australian reported.
According to ABC news Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says there has been no official request as yet.
"No such approach has been made," he said.
"I think it is very important that General Fonseka be provided with two things - that he be provided with freedom of movement and he be provided with security, personal security in the circumstances that he is in."