Sarath Fonseka
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Sri Lanka court jails former army chief Sarath Fonseka

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka has been jailed for three years for implicating the government in war crimes.

The court ruled that he lent credence to allegations the defence secretary ordered Tamil Tigers to be killed as they tried to surrender in May 2009.

He is already serving 30 months after a court martial convicted him of irregularities in army procurements.

The BBC's Charles Haviland said that the guilty verdict was one that had been expected.

  • 18 Nov 2011
  • From the section Asia