SF indicted for mutiny

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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and his personal assistant Senaka Haripriya de Silva were yesterday indicted at the Colombo High Court on charges of having committed mutiny and insubordination and harbouring army deserters.

Mr. Fonseka and Mr. de Silva pleaded not guilty to 41 charges after the High Court’s Interpreter Mudliyar S.A.M. Nafli read out the indictments.

Senior State Counsel Damith Totawatte, who prosecuted requested Court permission to amend the indictment by making certain cosmetic changes.

However, Senior Counsel Upul Jayasuriya who appeared for the second accused Senaka Haripriya De Silva said he wanted to raise certain objections to the said amendments.

The court directed the defence counsel to make the objections in January when the case would be taken up again.

The court asked the defence counsel whether they consented to hearing the two cases -- Hi Corp case and that of harbouring Army Deserters -- by the same High Court judge.

The defence counsel informed court that even though they did not object to the hearing of the two cases by the same judge their decision would be made known on the next date after consulting the clients.

The case was postponed for January 21.

When the case was taken up before High Court Judge Sunil Rajapaksa, Army Brigadier C.J.A. Weerasinghe, Colonel C.S. Atipola and Lieutenant Colonel M.T.R. Premalal were present in court to give evidence for the prosecution.

The Attorney General indicted the accused under Sections 128 and 133 of the Penal code for committing mutiny and insubordination and for harbouring army deserters by knowing or having reason to believe that the army officers had deserted the Army. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

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  • citizen1 Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:13 AM

    Gosh! These court cases are the joke of the century.

    sdherath Tuesday, 24 January 2012 06:39 AM

    this is abuse of judiciary system for personal gains, and i have lost faith in justice system long time ago, we need to define justice as we understood in in sri lanka, i know i know you are not publishing it but i do not give a shit

    willows Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:06 AM

    what a pathetic country we are in, the real heroes now branded as mutineers????

    Ruwan Fernando Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:47 AM

    You mean the joke is the country!!

    Neomal Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:43 AM

    Whats the next case on your agenda Mahinda and Gotabaya? The people are angry at the way you are haressing the country.

    Thomas Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:43 AM

    Want to keep him behind the bars under some pretext or other

    hapu Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:33 AM

    our attorney general is so efficient in filing cases to frame general SF

    daya Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:42 AM

    WE FEEL IT WOULD BE BETTER, IF WE WERE UNDER BRITISH RULERS.

    AT LEAST THEY HAD MAINTAINED THE LAW IN THE COUNTRY.

    gajan99 Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:48 AM

    No, keep him in jail for ever.

    Lanka Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:55 AM

    Yeah, the longer the court cases are delayed more the money the lawyers make. It is norm in SL

    SRI LANKAN IDIOT Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:57 AM

    YOU HAVE A RIGHT NOT TO PUBLISH,BUT I FIND THAT WHEN THE TRUTH IS SPOKEN IT HURTS. YOU TALK OF
    MEDIA FREEDOM, BUT DO NOT PRACTICE IT.
    AFTER ALL WE ARE SRI LANKANS.WE DO NOT PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH

    francis Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:45 PM

    I wonder who keeps all these records of cases filed against SF which itself i s a world record.

    He will be Sri Lanka's Nelson Mandela

    Lulu Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:52 PM

    Never ending court cases with Court Jesters

    Sumedha Thursday, 26 January 2012 02:34 PM

    That is the stupidest thing I ever heard in my life. People like you should be restrained


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