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By Melanie Bamunusinghe

The Military will decide if to go ahead with the Court Martial (CM) against former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka next Tuesday as scheduled despite it clashing with Parliament proceedings or postpone it for a later date or time.

The next Court Martial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, the same day Parliament is scheduled to convene and General Fonseka is expected to attend Parliament.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) had earlier claimed that the next Court Martial cannot proceed as scheduled as General Fonseka is a member of parliament and is protected under the parliamentary privileges and so he can attend parliament.

Military Spokesman, Major General Prasad Samarasinghe told Daily Mirror online that discussions regarding the date and time of the next Court Martial is still ongoing and a statement will be issued soon.

The Court Martial is probing into four charges against General Sarath Fonseka regarding military procurements under the section ‘disgraceful conduct’ in the Army.  (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 36

  • Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:55 AM

    For those who blindly comment: Just explain what wrong the General has done: is it entering politics and challenging at the Presidential Elections. Well, any citizen is free under a democracy to stand for election.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:52 AM

    The man is a loose cannonball, he put the armed forces and the country at grave risk because he is unable to control his mouth. In most other countries he would face charges of treason.
    MR is not vindictive unlike SF. So long as SF keeps to politics he has nothing to be concerned about but he has shown to be a "little dictator" and that comes from being an omnipotent general and has yet to adjust to civillian life
    SF should be judged by long establised laws of the land

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:55 AM

    You are mistaken segmadar. After the law is enforced even law makers are below to the law. correct yourself please.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:17 AM

    Is it mere concidence that the dates are clashing? But it sounds like an attempt to keep the General away from attending the Parliament sessions. All those who comment negatively on the General, have forgotten that it was the President himself who called SF the greatest army general in the world.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:23 AM

    Yeah, he may be the best army commander. But it doesn't give him any lisense to do anything he wants. When he does anything wrong he can't escape saying he is the best army commander. He has no answer for why Danuna is hiding and the money found inside Danuna's monther safe.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:24 AM

    Well said !!!

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:50 AM

    Then you say India and China contributed 0%?

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:16 AM

    All persons, including Parliamentarians (except the President while being President), are subject to the Law of the Country. But the citizens have the right to be represented in Parliament by the Member of Parliament who was elected by them. Every person is deemed to be innocent until proved guilty by a competent court. No crime or offense has been proved against the General. The Army must therefore respect the People's Right and produce him in Parliament.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:47 AM

    There were commanders before SF. All leaders wanted to win the war and equipped forces with weapons. But not successful and finally the war came in to SF's hand. Please don't be blinded by politics.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:31 AM

    Local Boy. Your percentage of contribution was divided among not all heads you forgot those who sacrificed their lives and those that are now handicapped.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:26 AM

    Analyser, SF was equipted by MR & Gota. Not by himself. Other times either commander is not fit or the President is not fit. This is not sole effort of SF. Just a part of it !!!

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:29 AM

    you reap what you sow

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:34 AM

    Whatever mistakes he has made he should not be punished in this way he is a patriotic leader who served for the country in crucial stage. we should respect him. no leader is perfect no one can performe a commander job without going out from his rules and regulations so he did it when country desperatly need it

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:16 PM

    dear SIR so sorry to read this comments, but do`nt give up SIR,show you are still with spinal code, not like a snake. proud to be SLArmy.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 03:28 PM


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    Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:34 PM

    It is great to see SF in good shape. He is truly an officer and a gentleman.

    Friday, 30 April 2010 06:09 AM

    Ravi. You are absolutely correct.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:46 AM

    smith, better you stay in saudi. how dare you single out sf and saying he is the man who brought freedom to SL? in my view his contribution is like 20% while MR 40% ,GR 30% and rest goes to navy, air force and police heads

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 06:49 AM

    Our Presdient is advising SARAC countries, first he should sort out internal problems.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 06:57 AM

    Prabha must be rolling in his grave....rolling with laughter!

    Even in victory, the Sinhalese STILL cant get along with each and grab the opportunity to take the country forward.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:02 AM

    Well said Sri Minnal, Our president should lead by example.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:16 AM

    CM has become a JOKE

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:17 AM

    Sarath Fonseka attending Parliament is a mere protocol whilst the Court Martial is a legal initiative. Therefore the Court Martial wins the argument.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:28 AM

    The charges against Gen. Sarath Fonseka shows he is the most clean man in Sri Lanka. Just take any commanding level officer in SL Army and you will be able to find dozen more critical charges.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:33 AM

    Dear Shaik A Ahamath, 1st u have to respect the General SF who brought the country freedom under one Flag...;; as this shows how we are politicaly isolated as 3rd world country......

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:39 AM

    Protocols are protocols that have to be followed. That is why it is called a protocol. If there is no protocol there will be no Internet in this world.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 06:42 AM

    Dispute between Law and Law makers !. My opinion is Law makers are above the Law.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:48 AM

    Well said Chaminda, he is clean as a SWAN, not only commanding level officer, take a QM or the guy doing rations puchasing???

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:51 AM

    "Disgraceful Conduct"? Right thinking People of the country know whose conduct is disgraceful !

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:52 AM

    SF fought the war visiting the areas and speaking to the soldiers to raise their morale. If SF had done something wrong he should be sentenced and not kept behind bars indefinitely. Thats wrong on the part of the Govt.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:04 AM

    hey local, how about the contribution made by the people of SL... without their money, from where are you going to buy arms... it should always goes as people 50%, and the rest has to be shared with the others.... including the president..

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:10 AM

    Aruna, you have taken the idea from the back end. President is aready leading the country. Other, specially opposition have to support him.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:14 AM

    MR is the representative for the people. He leads the matter. Others support. SF shares the least part of the main share. ( If in SF's absense some other commander would have take the place )

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:16 AM

    Don't put every army personnel in this catogory. As the Commander he should be the cleanest. Otherwise low level will be even worse. That's the problem.

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:24 AM

    He is the most valuable graceful and best General Sri Lanka ever produced and a national asset. So lets stop this charade and give him his freedom to attend parliament and serve the people.

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