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* Sri Lanka's former military leader to be produced before military court on March 16 and 17
Thu, Mar 11, 2010, 07:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11. Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka is to be produced before a court martial on March 16 and 17.

Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasinghe told the media that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Commander-In-Chief has appointed two tribunals to try the former Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army who is now in military custody.

General Fonseka is being charged under two categories. The two sets participation in political work while in active service and contravention of laid down procedures, related to military procurement- are to be heard separately.

Three charges under first category and four charges under the second are to be heard according to the provisions in the Army Act before two Courts Martial held at the naval headquarters before a panel of three major generals.

The panel chaired by Major General H.C.P.S. Weerathunga will include Major General A.L.H. Wijethunga and Major General D.R.A.B. Jayathilaka. Rear Admiral W.W.J.S Fernando will serve as the Judge Advocate coordinating the legal proceesings.

The ex-military commander was arrested by the military police on February 8 and detained at the Navy headquarters. Following the military procedures Major General Daya Ratnayake recorded the Summary of Evidence from 35 witnesses. The Summary of Evidence was handed over to the Army Commander Major General Jagath Jayasuriya last weekend.

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