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* Update: Military tribunals against Sri Lanka's ex-military chief adjourned
Tue, Apr 6, 2010, 07:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 06, Colombo: The two military tribunals appointed to hear the two sets of charges against the former military commander General (retd.) Sarath Fonseka adjourned today.

The first Court Martial, scheduled to convene today has been postponed till May 5 due to a directive issued by the Court of Appeal.

The tribunal presided by Major General H.L Weerathunga was to try General Fonseka on charges against his participation in political work while in active service. It held its first sittings on March 16th and adjourned until today (6). Major General A.L.R Wijethunga and Major General D.R.A.B Jayathilake are the other members of the panel.

The second court martial, re-appointed by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday with a new set of judges, resumed its proceedings this afternoon to hear four charges against General Fonseka on contravention of military procurement procedures.

The second tribunal headed by Major General M.P. Peiris and comprised Major General S.W.L Daulagala and Major General M. Hathurusinghe continued its hearings till 5.00 p.m. today adjourned until April 9th.

Rear Admiral W.W.J.S Fernando served as Judge Advocate for both tribunals.

Earlier one set of judges had been appointed to hear the both tribunals. However, at the first sitting of the second court martial on March 17, the panel decided to adjourn the sittings over the composition of the tribunal saying it preferred to have two different panels of judges to ensure transparency in the proceedings.

The Military Spokesperson said they will convene according to the instructions of the Attorney General.

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