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By Susitha R. Fernando

 

The first Court Martial against Gen. (Retired) Sarath Fonseka regarding his alleged involvement in politics while in active service was heard without defense lawyers today.

 

The Court Martial Tribunal decided to go ahead with the hearing without defence lawyers when the accused Gen. Fonseka informed the court that he could not make a statement without instruction from his lawyers.

 

At the last hearing on August 2, the Court Martial Tribunal had fixed the hearing from August 9 to 13, the first week of court vacation for lawyers. 

 

On the said senior defence counsel, Rienzie Arsecularatne PC was not present but it was stated earlier by his junior that Arsecularatne would not be available on the given dates.

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  • Shovini Monday, 09 August 2010 05:04 PM

    It will all backfire on them - it's just a matter of time!

    Ranjit Monday, 09 August 2010 11:51 AM

    MR's Kangaroo Court.

    Deepal Monday, 09 August 2010 11:51 AM

    Is Arsekularatne crossing over to the Government side?

    James bond Tuesday, 10 August 2010 11:57 AM

    That is the clue, the aim was to have the trial without the defense counsel!

    Murshid Monday, 09 August 2010 12:02 PM

    This is as per the rules of Mahinda Chintana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long Live Democracy. Murshid

    Nayana Monday, 09 August 2010 12:11 PM

    Without a defense lawyer? Doesn't sound democratic or fair at all. If the lawyers aren't available, shouldn't the courts wait for a suitable date, when they will be? What kind of system is this?

    ganepola Monday, 09 August 2010 12:49 PM

    SF should fire his lawyer.

    Rohitha Monday, 09 August 2010 01:25 PM

    This circus will go on or ever. A court Martial handled by a politicized Army.

    Ajith Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:42 AM

    A trial without defense lawyers? What legal system in the world would allow such a thing? Only MR's. Why don't they hang SF first and then find him guilty a few months later?

    MK Monday, 09 August 2010 01:34 PM

    If and when Danuna Thilakarathna is caught lets see what kind of democracy SF wanted to bring.

    Jay Monday, 09 August 2010 01:34 PM

    Bogus democratic rule in Sri Lanka...the world is watching you MR.

    wasanthi Tuesday, 10 August 2010 03:57 AM

    Unfair hearing, without defence.

    MK Monday, 09 August 2010 02:15 PM

    Let the world watch. We have seen and we have voted this president to power. And we can see that we are not let down.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:43 AM

    Thanks to Bill Gates, many unwanted, unpopular, defeated characters are in power!!

    Mudiyanse Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:09 AM

    Finally the defence counsel has realised the truth.


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