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* President appoints members to the second court martial of former Sri Lanka military leader
Sun, Apr 4, 2010, 11:46 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has approved the three new senior Army officers nominated for the second court martial that would convene to hear charges against the former military commander, Retired General Sarath Fonseka.

The Court Martial is headed by Major General M.P. Peiris. Major General S.W.L Daulagala and Major General M. Hathurusinghe are the other members sitting for the tribunal, set to convene on the afternoon of April 6th. Rear Admiral W.W.J.S Fernando is to serve as Judge Advocate.

The second Court Martial convened on March 17 to hear four allegations on the contravention of military procurement procedures by General Fonseka, had adjourned sittings over the composition of the tribunal as it preferred to be reconvened to maintain transparency.

The first Court Martial to hear the charges against Fonseka's alleged involvement in political activities while in active service will resume its sittings earlier on April 6th.

General (retired) Fonseka was arrested by the military police on February 8 on several charges, including attempts to assassinate the President and stage a coup following his defeat at the presidential election on January 26th.

He has challenged his arrest in the Supreme Court, which will hear his petition on April 26.


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