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The former Sri Lankan Army Chief and defeated presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, in this February 1, 2010 photo.
The former Sri Lankan Army Chief and defeated presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, in this February 1, 2010 photo.

B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's common opposition presidential candidate, General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, would be tried on five different counts by two separate courts martial on March 16 and 17 at the Navy Headquarters.

Military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe told journalists here on Thursday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa on recommendation made by the Army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya, has named the two courts martial.

He said the courts martial would bring charges against the commander-turned-politician under two major categories.

These are participation in political work while in active service and contravention of laid down procedures, related to military procurement.

As per the spokesperson, they have been made in accordance with provisions in the Army Act and are to be heard before those two courts martial, presided by Major General, H.L Weerathunga.

Two other Major Generals, A.L.R Wijethunga and D.R.A.B Jayathilaka, have been appointed as the other members and Rear Admiral W.W.J.S Fernando would serve as Judge Advocate.

Earlier this week, the military through a communiqué had announced that the summary of evidence over charges against the ex-General was completed and handed over to the Army Chief.


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