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By Jamila Najmuddin

General Sarath Fonseka was not present today at the second court martial hearing at the Navy Headquaters in Colombo as he was in parliament since this morning.

Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasingha confirmed that the General was not present at the second court martial hearing today but was represented by his lawyers and added that the hearing will resume tomorrow afternoon.

"General Fonseka did not attend the Court Martial but he was represented by his lawyers. The Court Martial will resume again tomorrow afternoon," Major General Samarasingha said.

General Fonseka had been granted permission to remain in Parliament during today's sessions by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa after the General informed parliament earlier today that a Court Martial sitting had been fixed, despite the Parliamentary sessions. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:02 PM

    ND. Rule is a rule. Another MP can also ask for a fresh date. After all, that is why lawyers are for. To represent a defendant in courts.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:16 PM

    At least the court martial judges got the payment for their sitting, so they wont postpone...

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:46 PM

    A true patriot will be a real soldier and nothing to hide and no fear. It seems to anyone that he is dodging the situation but he can never hid every time. That sends a strong signal.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:59 PM

    srilanka politics.. who sent the journalist for 20 years in jail to be a dupty prime minister.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 03:00 PM

    well done sir

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 03:31 PM

    not the law of the land but politics.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:11 PM

    Whats the point of your being there anyway? No matter how much truth you say, the government always throws it out.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 10:18 PM

    It's really no big deal that the General preferred to be at Parliament than the court-martial. Anyway, he has achieved what he desired, with the Speaker's blessings.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:05 AM

    This shows he has something to hide. He took the advantage of attending the parliament to avoid the tribunal. But you can't hide like this. If you are not guilty, face the truth General.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:06 AM

    Dear Sir, you don't have to go to any court martials hereafter, you are now peoples representative

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:17 AM

    parliamentary privileges @ WORK!!!!!!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:21 AM

    This is a game of politics and I will not be surprised to see SF joining the government as it looks the opposition is in disarray now and moreover there are no permanent friends or enemies in Politics.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:25 AM

    Parliament is more supreme that some ad-hoc tribunal. If you don't know the law please don't talk

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:28 AM

    Oh! there seems to be a pin head in this blog!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:28 AM

    he has nothing to hide....

    it is a must that parliament members should be present in the chamber while in session unless they have obtained prior permission.. knowing that, why did the court martial go on?? the military knew there was parliament today. so why couldnt they postpone it?

    its all a drama....

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:31 AM

    The court martial should've not taken place when the general was attending parliment, which is by the way within his constitutional and legal rights, instead the prosecutors should've been informed to postpone the hearing like they have done now. It doesn't show that he is hiding anything it shows that the parliment or constitution is not above the army as it is supposed to be...

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:32 AM

    What would happen if another MP was called before civil or criminal courts and he skipped that on the pretext of attending parliament?
    Would Parliamentary previleges be cited in the excuse? I wonder. Let us consider this without considering whether the MP is green, blue, red, blue-green or purple. :)

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:38 AM

    Where exactly in the law that says that parlliament member can not be attained court of justice just because of he/she has to attaend parliament ? After all nobody is above the law. Fonseka is just hiding behind the parliament privileges. He is only a coward.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:45 AM

    People go about the streets at all odd hours free and without fear. How short the memories of some people are, they have already forgotten and abuse the man who made all possible, Sarath Fonseka.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:51 AM

    Yes, people who cant grasp which institution is more superior need to get their heads checked. Fonseka, the true patriot!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:53 AM

    Coward?? the man who fought the tigers and thrashed them in the battlefield is a coward? the man who got severely injured by suicide bombers is a coward? the only man in sri lanka to be made a 4 star general is a coward? seriously man you need to get your head checked.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:29 AM

    We all are lucky to breath fresh air but not SF.This is the only oppoortunity for SF to take fresh air. So why not take the chance.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:20 PM

    Military tribunals are not courts of law, Courts of Justice is a part of the Judiciary like Parliament the Legislative arm and cabinet the executive arm. Military Tribunals are formed under the Army Act witch cannot supersede parliament. If Sarath Fonseka was charged in a Criminal Courts he has to keep date with courts,go to courts first.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:33 PM

    Irrespective of whether the man is right or wrong I wouldnt brave my self to call a guy who lead an army, inspite of being blown by bombs to near death, a coward! Some other words pls

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:39 PM

    All these court martial and detentions are due to going aganst goverment (MR) nothing else.

    We need fair law for all (including ministers) to have beter development in our country.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:41 PM

    Who cares this banana republic court marshall any way.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:48 PM

    mark_annamoe, I agree 100% with you. Once made hero by Government media is now proving that he is a coward.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:01 PM

    Why should anyone face prosecution from a legal system that has become corrupted by nepotism and political aspirations of the MR clan

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 04:53 AM

    Is there any one for Deputy prime minister ?


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