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Sri Lanka President to appoint judges to the second military tribunal against ex-Army chief
Mon, Mar 29, 2010, 08:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka President is expected to appoint judges soon for the second military tribunal against ex-Army Commander Retired General Sarath Fonseka.
The Army Commander has directed the names of three Major Generals to be appointed as the judges by the Commander-in-Chief of Sri Lankan armed forces President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Three other names of Major Generals have also been proposed.
The prospected judges of the military tribunal are Major General Malida Peiris, Commander of the Kotelawala Defense Academy, Major General Lalith Davulagala, the Commander of the Southern Region and Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the Commander of Jaffna.
They will consider four charges regarding malpractices in military procurements against General Sarath Fonseka.
The judges of the second military tribunal postponed the proceedings of the trial indefinitely on March 17 stating that they would have to consider whether the tribunal could be continued.
Major General D.R.B. Jayatilleke and Major General A.L.R. Wijetunga with Major General H.L. Weeratunga as president were the judges in the first military tribunal to hear the charges of his alleged involvement in political activities while in active service.
The same panel of judges convened for the first sitting of the second military tribunal to hear charges against Fonseka for offences related to military procurement while in active service
The proceedings of the first military tribunal commenced on March 16 were adjourned to April 6.
The second tribunal with same judges postponed the hearings indefinitely requesting the case to be heard by a separate panel of judges.