The former Sri Lankan army chief, Sarath Fonseka
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Sri Lanka ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka freed from jail

The former Sri Lankan army chief, Sarath Fonseka, has been freed after two years in prison.

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed the release order over the weekend, but legal formalities had to be completed before he could walk free.

He was arrested two years ago after standing against Mr Rajapaksa for the presidency when the two men fell out.

Charles Haviland reports.

  • 21 May 2012
Go to next video: Former Sri Lankan army chief jailed