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* Sri Lanka Army Commander to appoint judges to the second military tribunal against General Fonseka
Thu, Mar 18, 2010, 07:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya will appoint the judges tomorrow for the second military tribunal against former military chief General (Retired) Sarath Fonseka.

The Army Commander told media that four additional judges would be appointed in addition to the three main judges. The appointments would be made in order to carry out the judiciary process transparently.

The judges of the second military tribunal postponed the proceedings of the trial indefinitely on March 17 stating that they have to consider whether the tribunal could be continued.

Major General H.L. Weeratunga headed the three-judge court and Major General D.R.B. Jayatilleke and Major General A.L.R. Wijetunga were the other members in the first military tribunal.

The proceedings of the first military tribunal that were commenced with the same judges on March 16 were adjourned to 6th April.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of General Fonseka filed a petition before Supreme Court seeking a writ invalidating the military tribunals against Gen. Sarath Fonseka. The petition has also requested Supreme Court to annul the directive issued by the Commander of Army to arrest General Sarath Fonseka, to declare that detention of the petitioner was illegal and to release him.

A group of lawyers including Presidents Counsel Romesh de Silva instructed by Paul Ratnayake Associates, Attorneys-at-Law, will appear for the petition. The Commander of the Army, the judges of the military tribunal and several others have been named as respondents.

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