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Friday, 18 May 2012 - 12:51
Sarath Fonseka released on bail.
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Leader of the Democratic National Alliance Sarath Fonseka who was imprisoned on charges of harbouring army deserters & inciting the breech of their state allegiance during the previously held presidential election has been released on bail.

Colombo High Court Judge Sunil Rajapaksa issued this order upon considering the motion which had been filed by Attorneys representing Fonseka.

Accordingly, Sarath Fonseka has been released on a cash bail amounting to rupees one million & two surety bails amounting to rupees 2.5 million each.

Moreover the judge presiding over the case has proscribed Fonseka from foreign travel while his passport has been impounded by court.

However according to the conditional bail offered to Sarath Fonseka, if he is to engage in foreign travel, it is imperative that he obtains court consent.

Expressing his views to the media subsequent to the release of Sarath Fonseka, Attorney at Law Saliya Peiris who represented his client in court noted that the state councils had not opposed Fonseka being granted bail.

Meanwhile, our court correspondent stated that Sarath Fonseka, who is currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, was not present in court today.

However, his wife Anoma Fonseka spoke to the media after bail was granted for her husband.

Although Sarath Fonseka was released on bail from this case he remains a detainee pertaining to the White Flag case.

An appeal has also been filed regarding that case.

However, it was revealed previously that the government has taken measures to release Sarath Fonseka on a Presidential pardon.

A statement was released yesterday confirming cabinet approval for his release.

Hopes have been expressed that Sarath Fonseka will be a free man at the Victory Parade to be held tomorrow.

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