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Sri Lankan War Hero Imprisoned for 3 Years

(NIDAHASA News) Former Sri Lanka Army Commander and presidencial candidate General Sarath Fonseka was imprisoned for another three years while President Rajapaksa celebrates his 66th birthday.

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(NIDAHASA News) Former Sri Lanka Army Commander and presidencial candidate General Sarath Fonseka was imprisoned for another three years while President Rajapaksa celebrates his 66th birthday.

In a 2-1 split verdict, the three-judge at the High Court bench in Colombo today (18) found Fonseka was guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail. Fonseka, is currently serving a 30-month jail term imposed by a court martial, will in addition face 3 years imprisonment.

Former presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, who claimed at his trial he was misquoted, rejected the verdict as unjust but said he was not surprised because Sri Lankan authorities did not want him active in politics.

“I reject this decision with disgust,” Fonseka said in a statement in open court. “I believe that the fair-minded people will correct this mistake one day, otherwise it will remain a black mark in the history of our judiciary.”

Former Army chief was accused of violating emergency regulations by “spreading rumors and causing public disorder” giving an interview to the Sunday Leader newspaper, alleging that Defence Secretary and President's brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave an illegal order not to accommodate any LTTE cadres attempting to surrender with white flags.

Meanwhile sources claim that Frederica Jansz, the journalist who interviewed Sarath Fonseka and the managing director of Sunday Leader Mr. Lal Wickrematunge has left Sri Lanka yesterday one day ahead of the delivery of the verdict fearing attacks on their life.

Fonseka is widely credited for defeating LTTE in May 2009 ending three decade long civil war. Both Fonseka and President Rajapaksa were hailed as heroes by Sir Lanka's majority Sinhalese, but the two men soon parted ways over political ideology.

Later Fonseka contested in 2010 Presidential election and was arrested days after he was defeated by Rajapaksa.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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