Five charges against Fonseka

8 March 2010 07:11 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin and Supun Dias

General Sarath Fonseka will be tried on over five charges under the Army Act and will face a court martial within the next few days, Army Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasingha told Daily Mirror Online.

According to the military, the summary of evidence over charges against General Fonseka, made in compliance with provisions of the Army Act was completed and handed over to Army Commander over the weekend.

Major General Prasad Samarasingha said that legal officers in the Army Directorate of Legal Services are now in the process of reviewing the contents and maintain that there is a prima facie case against General Fonseka on more than five charges under the Army Act.

He added that the Army Commander, in receipt of legal consultations is expected to appoint the Court Martial for trial in the next few days.

The summary of evidence, recorded by Army Chief of Staff Major General Daya Rathnayaka as appointed recording officer was completed within a period of 22 days after obtaining evidence from 35 individuals, inclusive of 22 Army personnel, 7 Police officers and 6 civilians.  (Daily Mirror online)


  Comments - 21

  • Monday, 08 March 2010 01:19 PM

    Ane still 5 charges? We thought around 500 as the way govt act.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:27 AM

    Grate move..... SF should be punished under civil law as well

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:28 AM

    Next month it will be more than 06 charges....................

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:31 AM


    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:33 AM

    Why wait until and after the last election. No proper intelligence was there before or during his tenure as army chief. His whole family is in a limbo. Perhaps the government was sleeping all this while.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:38 AM

    Finally the drama will begin.. Thought this will start near the GE in April.. "Tape rolling... camera ... Action.. "

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:42 AM

    This reminds me a famous somg which goes like this....NEVER ENDING STORY...................

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:44 AM

    When the time comes Maharaja and his brothers will definitely have to face hundreds of charges. Nothing is permanent in this world.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:46 AM

    When the time comes all these things will happen to maharaja and his brothers. Only truth is that nothing is permanent in this world.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:56 AM

    He has contributed to this country more than many of our politicians. If other politicians are investigated we will get hundreds more offences to try them in courts. Why shouldn't the President release him and set a precedence for reconciliation. Unless we stop this confrontational politics, this country will not be able to go forward.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 07:56 AM

    I totally agree with the above comments

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:00 AM

    What goes around what comes around - next your turn maharajaneni and bros.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:02 AM

    This trial like is nothing else only a political dram same way to trial at sadam hussain. But SF is not a man like sadam 4 million vote for him. I hope SF shall not answer to any questions at bar. Any way perpetrators must protect themselves too.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:37 AM

    Poor guy . he got tarnished his image both in the army and politics. He fell prayed to bandrupt two parties UNP and JVP. Cant help.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 02:34 PM

    Killing Prabakaran is the Sixth One !.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:40 AM

    Fully agree, if the president was able to negotiate with the terrorists and its prominent members like Karuna and Pillyan etc., why not with SF who has contributed immensly to the nation. In my opinion and I believe most of the others will agree with me that charges against the General will definelty not greater than those of people like Karuna, Pillayan etc.,
    Also, the authorities not only should investigate SF and his family financial activities for corruption but all politcians whether in the government or opposition sides.

    I hope this conflict will have and end very soon for the sake of the poor and middle classs people of this country.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:42 AM

    This is a made up story to a very great extent. I have two questions. First is why did the govt take him to custody and then start to gather evidence? This does not happen normally. Second question is even before the investigations commenced, a senior person in the govt. said SF will be sent to jail for 05 years. Recently, Major General Prasad Samarasinghe also said SF will be sent to jail for 05 years. How can they say before the judgement is delivered? This proves case is a pre-determined one.

    other thing is if certain pepole in the Army do not do what others say, they have to go home. So they are like puppets. Govt may keep SF in jail for the next 5-6 years so no threat to them.

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:45 AM

    He should be charged for the inhuman treatments extended to his wife under civil court as well

    Monday, 08 March 2010 08:46 AM

    To seek the truth freely and to approach it freely along his own lines, is a mans right.
    Sadly not so in Sri Lanka.
    Why is KP not charged as yet?

    Monday, 08 March 2010 05:02 PM

    More precisely 4 weeks for 5 charges. The Army found only 5 charges, after detaining him. What a disgrace!

    Monday, 08 March 2010 05:25 PM

    And now, the end is near,
    And so I face the final curtain.
    My friends, I'll say it clear;
    I'll state my case of which I'm certain.

    I've lived a life that's full -
    I've travelled each and every highway.
    And more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.


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