Sri Lanka's defeated opposition presidential candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka was tonight arrested by the military police, a fortnight after he suffered defeat at the hands of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa.
A close aide of the former army chief, who is credited with the anihilation of the LTTE, said Fonseka and one of his associate were taken into custody while they were at work in their office in the capital. He said Fonseka and his media secretary Senaka de Silva were arrested by the military police.
The aide told PTI that Fonseka and de Silva were "told in clear terms to cooperate with the military police". "I heared one of the officers telling Fonseka that he is being charged for criminal conspiracy," he said.
The arrest comes in the wake of reports that Fonseka could face a military court on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government and plotting to kill Rajapaksa.
Sunday Times newspaper had yesterday said that the Rajapaksa-led government, which alleged soon after the presidential poll verdict that the former military chief had plotted to kill the President, has consulted its top legal counsel on trying Fonseka in a court martial.
Soon after his defeat in the January 26 polls, the Sri Lankan government had alleged that Gen Fonseka had tried to assassinate Rajapaksa and his family, a charge which was denied by the former army chief.