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Last updated: 21 March, 2010 - Published 13:54 GMT
 
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Govt. 'on a witch hunt' against opposition
 
Vijitha Herath
DNA says the govt. is now after the opposition leaders seen as a threat
Opposition politicians in Sri Lanka have accused authorities of launching a witch hunt against opposition activists seen as a challenge to the administration.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), headed by former military chief Sarath Fonseka, says that its spokesman Anura Kumara Dissanayake was asked to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on 23 and 24 March.

DNA General Secretary Vijitha Herath told journalists in Colombo that former MP Dissanayake was summoned to question about involvement in an alleged conspiracy against the government.

"He is a leader in the DNA. This is a clear attempt to oppress and stop his political activities," Mr. Herath said.

He accused authorities of changing their focus on political parties after making similar allegations against sections of the military.

'Then they came for me'

Gen Fonseka's wife, Anoma, meanwhile rejected accusations by the government that her husband has joined with pro-LTTE groups by sending a smuggled letter to Britain's Channel 4 television.

"His handwritten answers were smuggled out of Sri Lankan Naval Headquarters, where General Sarath Fonseka is being held," Channel4 News said in its website.

Anoma Fonseka
'I expected a call from the CID as I was the last one in the family to be questioned'

Transport Minister Dulles Alahapperuma has earlier questioned as to how Gen Fonseka works with the same television company that tried to "tarnish the image" of Sri Lankan soldiers by televising a video footage allegedly showing Sri Lanka military shooting dead Tamil men.

Addressing journalists at the same press briefing, Mrs. Fonseka categorically rejected the accusation.

"If he was a LTTE supporter, why did he lead the fight to wipe out terrorism in Sri Lanka," she questioned.

Mrs. Fonseka however said that she did not know about the Gen Fonseka's letter broadcast by Channel 4.

The CID has also informed that a team was to visit her residence to question her later on the day, she said.

"I was the last one in the family to be questioned. I expected it and I told them that I was waiting for their call."

 
 
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