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* General Fonseka's second court martial today
Mon, Apr 19, 2010, 10:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 19, Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Army Commander Retired General Sarath Fonseka's second Court Martial hearing is to convene this morning at the Navy Headquarters.

The military tribunal will re-commence hearings on charges against General Fonseka's alleged non compliance with military procurement procedures when purchasing certain items for the Army.

The first Court Martial for the General's alleged involvement in political activities while in active service will resume hearing on May 5.

Earlier one set of judges had been appointed to hear 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.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa re-appointed a new panel of judges comprising Major General Milinda Peiris (President), Major General S.W.L. Daulagala and Major General M. Hathurusinghe before the last hearing on April 09.


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