Myanmar SPDC Than Shwe’s cousin brother Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa police raid opposition candidate’s office

Myanmar SPDC Than Shwe’s cousin brother

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s

police raid opposition candidate’s office

COLOMBO, Jan 29 – Sri Lankan police raided the office of losing presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka on Friday, an aide said, two days after troops had surrounded him inside a hotel on suspicion he was plotting a coup.

Fonseka lost Tuesday’s election to incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa by 1.8 million votes, after a bruising campaign with personal attacks by both, who last May stood together in victory over the Tamil Tiger separatists after a 25-year war.

“The police Special Task Force broke into the office of Sarath Fonseka,” aide Asanka Magedara told Reuters.

A Reuters journalist saw police commandos outside Fonseka’s office. Police spokesman I.M. Karunaratne said he had heard of a raid but could not immediately confirm it.

Also on Friday, JVP legislator Vijitha Herath said police arrested Chandana Sirimalwatte, editor of the Lanka newspaper. The paper is seen as favouring the JVP, a Marxist party which joined other opposition parties to back Fonseka.

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