Tiran to meet MR on SF

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Tiran Alles is to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a “special meeting” on securing the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, a local newspaper reported today.

According to the Ceylon Today newspaper which is owned by Alles, a final decision on Fonseka’s release will be taken following that meeting.

Alles is currently overseas and once he returns to the island Fonseka’s release would be expedited, the newspaper said.

The newspaper also said that Alles had a series of telephone conversations with the President from overseas.

Sarath Fonseka led the army during the successful final stages of the war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, which eventually ended with the defeat of the rebels after 30 years of war.

However Fonseka fell out with the government after he decided to contest against Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential election.

Fonseka lost the election and was later arrested over several alleged illegal weapons deals and he was then stripped of his ranks and other military accolades.

Fonseka’s family has already petitioned the U.S. government to secure his release.