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Jailed former Army Commander of Sri Lanka Sarath Fonseka, who led the Eelam war IV against the Tamil Tigers and helped win it, is set to be released shortly.

“We will release him soon,” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu on the sidelines of a function organised to launch a book, Gota's War, here on Monday.

MP's role

Mr. Rajapaksa said the person who tried hard to secure Gen. Fonseka's release, Member of Parliament Tiran Alles, was out of the country.

Mr. Alles was in the U.K. and he was cutting short his visit to reach Colombo on Tuesday, a source said. “He [Mr. Alles] has to get the credit for the release [of Gen. Fonseka],” the President said.

Mr. Alles had been liaisoning with the President over the past many months. He had been a close associate from the time the former General ran for office. Mr. Alles was in touch with the President from the U.K.

Earlier, the government had insisted that Gen. Fonseka or his family members appeal to the President for pardon.

Gen. Fonseka, soon after leading the Army to victory against the LTTE in May 2009, tried to cash in on his popularity. He ran for the office of President in 2010, against his one time Commander-in-Chief Mr. Rajapaksa. He suffered a crushing defeat. He was arrested in February. He was convicted by both military and civil courts and stripped of his military ranks in August 2010.

Gen. Fonseka was recently moved to a hospital for treatment amid some drama over the choice of the hospital. Finally, the government agreed to his choice.

Hearing postponed

Meanwhile, the Colombo High Court on Monday postponed till June 7 a case filed by the Attorney-General against Gen. Fonseka for harbouring Army deserters during the presidential election in 2010.

Gen. Fonseka's counsel told the court that he was undergoing treatment and requested postponement of the case. (The Hindu)

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  • neil john Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:09 AM

    What he could not tell Ranil, he told to Hindu.

    D.E.M. Ocracy Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:22 AM

    HE BETTER DO IT QUICK OR ELSE MOTHER LANKA AND HER CITIZENS WILL FACE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES AND THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE TO THE STREETS

    janak Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:26 AM

    TILL HE RELEASE WE HAVE NO TRUST

    weerawansha wimal Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:10 AM

    thankak u brother

    weerawansha wimal Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:11 AM

    hurrrah

    bandara Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:32 AM

    God bless you to Conquer country as well

    Anu Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:24 AM

    Thank you very much the USA

    samantha Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:33 AM

    GOD BLESS YOU SIR , OUR HOPE

    GSK Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:32 AM

    YES US has to be given credit !!! well done the US and India !!

    No Need-minority Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:37 AM

    "No need minority" welcomes you back if MR really pardon

    Dushar Dayarathna Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:39 AM

    Dear Preseident,

    This is a good decision. We can't forget his service done to the country.

    Country Lover Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:42 AM

    Releasing him is one thing but importantly all his legitimate entitlements must be restored forthwith and absolved from all charges framed against him on dubious grounds. Let him be free and be an honourable personality in retirement he is an absolute asset to this country at this trying time.

    soori Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:48 AM

    It is a very good news, What ever said and done General Sarath Fonseka is the war hero, he must release soon, President will more populer after releasing General Sarath Fonseka, Dear General sir, you are our real leader,

    Mifaz Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:48 AM

    American conspiracy? BTW good decision

    maravan Wednesday, 16 May 2012 02:58 AM

    Thanks God.....USA.....India.....UN.....

    Prof Hemantha wickra Tuesday, 15 May 2012 03:57 AM

    Sir, Come and save us from disaster

    Yehiya Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:22 AM

    Not only release need correct the entire mistakes. International power is greater than all.

    got Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:19 PM

    Congrad.

    JOE Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:27 AM

    SEEING IS BELIEVING. LET'S HOPE IT HAPPENS SOON.

    Sri lal Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:28 AM

    We want Him to come out and let him be a free man .Every one knows he did the grate job to this country with all forces

    Bagalawathee Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:28 AM

    Keep your legs crossed too.

    dasa Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:39 AM

    Hartred is never appeased by hartred, It is appeased by non - hartred.This is the eternal law.

    Godsun Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:47 AM

    Good to see that you are coming out from prison. But plese be careful what you say because we know that you also not Holy.
    Godsun

    MOHAMED ASFAR Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:53 AM

    Lankan, you are too much. he is already in sri lanka.

    Rahmathullah Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:55 AM

    Conditions apply?

    Ruhunu Kolla Tuesday, 15 May 2012 11:13 AM

    Great news to all PATRIOTIC SRI LANKANS!

    Wara Tuesday, 15 May 2012 04:59 AM

    Begining of the end.....

    Appuhamy Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:00 AM

    Thank You Obama..

    xlntgson Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:02 AM

    Astrology?

    Puravasiya Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:07 AM

    Thank you USA

    sahdi Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:13 AM

    WELL COME......! YOU ARE THE OUR REAL PRESIDENT.

    Baila Maila Wednesday, 16 May 2012 05:43 AM

    Maranadhara samithiyeda ?

    Baila Maila Wednesday, 16 May 2012 05:44 AM

    Shut up you idiot.

    Horapasse Tuesday, 15 May 2012 06:36 AM

    Result of an international conspiracy?

    vajja Tuesday, 15 May 2012 06:48 AM

    Good news..!!

    sujeewa p Tuesday, 15 May 2012 06:51 AM

    Dear Genarel dont fall in bad peoples traps again.Good luck.

    Amila.G Tuesday, 15 May 2012 07:22 AM

    GOOD NEWS . BUT WHEN.

    BADA-UDA-GEMMBA Tuesday, 15 May 2012 04:52 PM

    He, Gen.Fonseka is a NATIONAL HERO will go down in history as such!!
    His release from unlawful custody is NOT BEFORE TIME!!!

    Observer Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:16 PM

    MR is feeling the heat.......

    Refai Nawfar Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:38 PM

    Hope he will treat all communities alike

    Priyantha Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:28 AM

    My Fingers are crossed until it really happens.

    sg Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:55 PM

    Good news and should understand differences between politics and army .

    Ashok Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:32 AM

    Welcome home!!!!

    Thomas Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:35 AM

    The Roaring Lion.

    Sri Minnal Tuesday, 15 May 2012 06:18 PM

    I am sue pressure is building on the Rajapakses regime to release him.

    Don Quixote Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:45 AM

    This is yet another "teledrama" carefully scripted with Alles as hero or scapegoat ?

    Lalith Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:47 AM

    Good Luck

    Tom Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:51 AM

    There is a war against another gang of criminals in SL. Come back and save us my HERO !!!!!!!!!

    Lankan Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:47 AM

    Sir., well come back to Sri Lanka. all Lankans hope your arrival.


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