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Lankan govt beefs up Fonseka security

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka`s security has been beefed in the wake of threats to his life from remnants of the Tamil Tigers. A 12-member police team led by an Inspector has been assigned to Fonseka on the instructions of the police chief. 61-year-old Fonseka, who was in jail serving several sentences, was freed last month under a pardon granted by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"We are satisfied that security has been restored at least partly though more protection was requested," said Anoma Fonseka, wife of the Lankan war hero. "We have outlined in detail the threats faced by my husband from remnants of the LTTE and we hope the government would assess the situation in full and not delay in providing adequate personnel for his safety", she told local media.

Fonseka was jailed by a military court and the high court for two separate offences. He is also attending court on another case. Since his release, the former Army chief, who was credited with leading the Army to victory over the LTTE, has not taken any active political role. He remains the leader of the opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA).

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