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* Sri Lanka's former military chief to be tried on five counts
Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 01:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: The Summary of Evidence prepared in compliance with military proceedings against Sri Lanka's former Army Chief, Retired General Sarath Fonseka has been completed and handed over to the Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.

Military Spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said that the Army completed processing the summary of evidence against General Fonseka and handed over to the Army Commander over the weekend.

Legal officers in the Army Directorate of Legal Services are in the process of reviewing the contents and maintain that there is a prima facie case against General Fonseka on more than five charges under the Army Act. The Army Commander is expected to appoint the Court Martial for trial shortly, the Army announced this morning.

Army Chief of Staff Major General Daya Rathnayaka as the appointed Recording Officer recorded the evidence for 22 days from 35 individuals, inclusive of 22 Army personnel, seven Police officers, and six civilians.

Major General Samarasinghe said that Army Commander on humanitarian grounds has granted permission for the General to speak to his two daughters over the phone.

The defeated presidential candidate began a hunger strike yesterday demanding access to a telephone to talk to his two daughters in the USA.

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