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General Fonseka appears before Sri Lanka military court

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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka has appeared before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in uniform.

The trial was adjourned until April 6 - two days before parliamentary polls.

But the defeated presidential candidate is due to return to court tomorrow on separate charges of violating military procurement procedures.

Gen Fonseka says the charges are politically motivated and an attempt to bar him from forthcoming elections.

Charles Sanctuary reports.

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