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* General Fonseka not allowed to attend parliament session, begins fast
Wed, May 5, 2010, 01:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader and former Army Commander, parliamentarian General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka was not allowed to attend the parliamentary session today as he was scheduled to appear before the court-martial that is being held today.

Fonseka did not attend the second court-martial that was scheduled for yesterday and instead participated in the parliamentary session.

However, the second court-martial, which resumed its sittings yesterday as scheduled to hear charges against General Fonseka, finding that he was not present for the proceedings, has adjourned and directed the escorting officer to produce the respondent before the court-martial today at 2.30 p.m.

The panel of judges said that no official notification of his absence for the proceedings has been formally made to the court-martial.

Fonseka's legal counsels have said that his absence has been informed to the Army Commander.

The ex-Army chief has started a hunger strike to protest his forced attendance at the court-martial preventing his participation in the parliament, his party claimed.

General Fonseka who is currently in military custody at the Navy Headquarters is facing two courts-martial. The second court-martial hears the charges of violating military procurement procedures against the retired military chief.



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