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By Jamila Najmuddin


Former Army Chief and Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka will face the Military Court very soon, government sources told Daily Mirror Online.

While the Supreme Court has decided to take up the fundamental rights petition filed by Anoma Fonseka, the wife of General Fonseka, against his alleged arbitrary arrest, the military will continue its investigations against Fonseka and produce him before the Military Court soon, the source added.

When contacted over the issue, Director General of the Media Center for National Security, Lakshman Hulugalla refused to comment saying a Military Court was not a public hearing and therefore could not divulge any information.

“We are not going to keep the media informed about this issue as this is not a public hearing,” Mr. Hulugalla said.

When questioned if General Fonseka can be categorized as a civilian and not a military officer as he is now retired from service, Mr. Hulugalla insisted that the General can be tried under the military law over the next six months. “According to the law, we can try him under the military law till May,” Mr. Hulugalla said.

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse in a recent interview with Singapore’s Strait Times said that General Fonseka will be charged in both military and civilian courts for offences ranging from planning his political career while in uniform to ordering the murders of critical journalists.

Mr. Rajapakse suggested that the General may be charged in civilian courts for offences including the murder in January 2009 of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Monday, 15 February 2010 11:29 AM

    democracy in sri lanka
    1978 - 2010

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:32 AM

    If Foseka is to be tried then the Rajapakse's should also be tried. They too have a lot of blood on their hands.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 02:11 PM

    Now we can see the FuN of "Executive President" and the indipendent judiciary procedure in SRilanka. Even MAHANAYAKA BIKKUS cannot save our ISLAND.

    Tuesday, 16 February 2010 05:12 AM

    DM I am asking again. Why r u so scared of publishing our comments? U don't have a back bone. Gets paid by Basil or ???????????

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:36 AM

    MILITARY OFFICERS CANO'T ENGAGE IN POLITICS.HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SON OF SRILANKA?

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:36 AM

    Contradictory statements by government sources, from time to time.

    These guys do not know whether they are coming or going!

    Monday, 15 February 2010 02:19 PM

    The general is not a murderer!!!! He had nothing to do with the LW murder. The govt. is simply attempting to pin the blame on him.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:43 AM

    Law is equal.
    Nobody should be falsely punished.
    Wrongdoers MUST be punished.
    Country first! Mahinda, Fonseka, Ranil all are second.
    If this issue is not taken serious, then all Generals will start doing politics while in uniform and srilanka army will be cheap than Somalians.
    Now or never.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:44 AM

    Well, honourable MR and Govt always did what is best for the country and its people. If the General has nothing to hide why worry, truth will come to light for everyones' benefit. So just wait and see. Sri Lanka has been a democratic country and we have nothing to fear. The General is also well-connected, well-resourced and well-respected man compared to oridinary Srilankans or poor tamils in N&E. No harm will come to him unless someone is very prepared to face the monumental consequences. General fairly & sqaurely defeated tigers and honourable MR fairly and squarely defeated the unbeated General. That is a fact. Accept and learnto live with it.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:51 AM

    THE CID HAS FOUND USD 500,000.= IN DANUNA'S MOHTER'S LOCKER. SHE HAS CLAIMED THE MONEY BELONGS TO GENERAL FONSEKA.
    BADUTH EKKA HORU! WAKE UP GUYS, THERE IS MANY MORE TO COME. ALL YOU SUPPORTERS WILL HAVE TO HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME!!!!

    Monday, 15 February 2010 07:06 PM

    SF you will be ok. Don't let these thugs bully you.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:15 PM

    How can a civilian be brought to face a military tribunal? Is the SL government inventing Laws to tickle their fancy?

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:16 PM

    No Taurus, If they are that kind, they won't vote for SF in first place. They still pray for SF's release.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:21 PM

    What is your reference to this information?

    Monday, 15 February 2010 07:28 PM

    This detention thing is so inhuman. They should charge him, as soon as possible. If 'guilty,' punish him. If 'not guilty,' release him.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:28 PM

    They will dig up & cook up something to charge SF, as was done to TISSANAYAGAM. Lets wait & see.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 10:35 AM

    Indian type of punishment. India often court martial their Army personnel's

    Monday, 15 February 2010 10:36 AM

    what a world

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:32 PM

    Defence,law,media,finance all under you and your brothers,so whatever you want you can do.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:34 PM

    The LTTE will be having the last laugh. Did he risk his life for this?

    Monday, 15 February 2010 10:44 AM

    Ah Ah, it appears this government is not concern about anything.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 12:52 PM

    hilarious comment from Tauras!
    MR Who came from Madamulana is one of the richest in the country....where those money come from??????

    Monday, 15 February 2010 10:57 AM

    India is responsible for every thing.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:02 AM

    I think the Sl heads are off Minded

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:04 AM

    Its mean u dont have find any charges yet..ha haha
    just arrested to satisfy defense secretary will
    what a shame..........................

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:05 AM

    We do care because he is now a civilian.That is why he was allowed to contest the election, now you all try court marshal very unfair.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:06 AM

    Absolutely right Kumar! They are the people who "ruined" this country since 1948 with the support of some of our own leaders.

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:07 AM

    Why should they Mr.Fairose? They have the entire world on their side. So why worry?

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:10 AM

    how come karuna is free,, when he was the mastermind for countless bomb blasts

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:20 AM

    Justice at last !!!

    Monday, 15 February 2010 11:23 AM

    If SF is guilty of any charge, he should be punished. This should be the same for the people in government as well. Protecting supporters & punishing opposes is not acceptable. Law should be the same to all.


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