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Fonseka to serve 30-month prison term

Sep 30, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The convening Officer of the second Court Martial Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the confirming authority on September 29, 2010 confirmed the accused G.S.C. Fonseka be sentenced to a period of 30-months rigorous imprisonment, Military Spokesman Major General Ubhaya Medawala said. Addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing held at the Government Information Department auditorium yesterday he said that it was imposed by the Court Martial that probed the accused’s involvement in purchasing of military equipment deviating from the tender procedure on four separate counts, while on active service. The accused was charged in accordance with provisions of the Army Act under Section 109 (e) disgraceful conduct. Addressing the same media briefing Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the accused will lose his seat in Parliament according to the present constitution. The accused can take other measures such as appealing to higher Courts. Minister Rambukwella pointed out that the judgment has been given within the country’s existing law and the accused himself had imposed the same law for over 4,500 members in the Army while he was in service.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/10/01/sec01.asp