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By Indika Sri Aravinda


A third Court Martial is likely to be convened against General Sarath Fonseka over alleged illegal arms deals committed by him during his tenure as the Army Commander and documents relating to the deal are in the process of being scrutinized, Defence sources told Daily Mirror online.

According to sources the Court Martial is expected to include six colonels and one Brigadier. Some 18,000 files are being probed over the deal, Defence sources further added.

A court of appeal recently suspended the first court-martial proceeding against the detained former Army Chief until May 21 so that a decision could be taken on the validity of the legal proceedings against him.

The court-martial is inquiring charges that the retired four-star General had conspired against Rajapaksa and his family members, besides engaging in politics while being in uniform.

Meanwhile, the second court-martial looking into charges of violation of military procurement procedures by Fonseka, is continuing. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 07 May 2010 10:58 AM

    Who is the deciding authority. It seems that the Army is going to produce a Mega serial. The Defence Ministry should understand that this cannot go on like this. One day it has to end and give a verdict, until then the General has to be treated as innocent.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:07 AM

    STILL ONLY THIRD ?

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:09 AM

    how many court martial SF going to get? now 3, in few months more..., so is defence minustry going to dig all the
    former Army Commander's files?, that way they can go back to 30 years with over 100 court martials. Thats the new job for Gota to do as now there is no war. THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN SRI LANKA, Land like no other...

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:09 AM

    you deserve it for the innocent killings of Tamils...

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:12 AM

    It is about time that the Rajapaksha government let go this war hero to live in peace. This is the guy who actively directed our forces to destroy LTTE leadership to bring about lasting peace to the country. Everyone should hail this achievement no matter which political belief you have. It was his strategies that one the war. True, The President & his brother Gotabhaya helped by giving the correct political leadership. But the major credit should go to the General. The President's popularity will further expand if he takes this brave decision to free up General SF.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:15 AM

    You must be joking! At this rate it seems like the SL Army has been incompetantly managed by the Defense hierachy and a committee should be appointed to investigate how these things could have been going on without negligence of the higher authorities.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:17 AM

    what about LTTE killing innocent sinhalese and muslims? kumar, he didnt kill tamils, he handle the war to finished LTTE

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:21 AM

    18,000 files??? wow this is record breaking!!! so the top brass is loaded with files, with no concrete eveidence!!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:23 AM

    Looks like SF is the only crooked one - all others are Saints.
    By God when will it end.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:27 AM

    WELL SAID JAY

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:33 AM

    "Joke Martials" are coming in the queue !

    Friday, 07 May 2010 12:27 PM

    What a haressment meted out to an officer and a gentleman.


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