Second hearing to resume

3 May 2010 12:21 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin

The second court martial hearing into the alleged illegal arms deal conducted by General Sarath Fonseka will resume tomorrow as scheduled despite the General expected to attend parliament sessions on the same day.

Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasingha told Daily Mirror online that the army had not been informed of any postponement and even though the General decides not to attend, his lawyers would have to be present in order to sit through the court proceedings.

“We do not know whether General Fonseka will attend the court martial but according to the army regulations, the court martial will not be postponed. His lawyers will have to be present when the court martial resumes at 14.00 hours tomorrow,” Major General Samarasingha said.

It is learnt that General Sarath Fonseka has informed the Board of Judges of the Court Martial that he would not attend the inquiry scheduled to be held tomorrow.

His Attorney-at-law Sunil Watawala had told Daily Mirror earlier in the week that as the parliament is sitting on the day that the General should participate in the court martial proceedings, General Fonseka had informed the Court Martial Judges of his inability to attend. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 6

  • Monday, 03 May 2010 01:01 PM

    Sri Lanka is run by thre brothers shows to the world of there banana republic characteristics.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:22 AM

    He must attend parliament

    Monday, 03 May 2010 01:25 PM

    Is not contempt of Parliament? Are the Army Brass trying to precipitate a Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka?

    Monday, 03 May 2010 01:35 PM

    Long Live SF...Free Him NOW

    Monday, 03 May 2010 02:23 PM

    The Parliament is supreme and as an elected member, General should have the right to attend the sittings of the Parliament instead of wasting his time at a court martial which is nothing but a vengeful act.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:35 AM

    This will be a bad example to the world. No GSP+, nor IMF !

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