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Fonseka will be disqualified as MP if convicted: NLF

Apr 6, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
On the eve of the general elections, a key partner in Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition has said that detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka will not be able to enter Parliament on winning the polls if he is convicted of any of the charges for which he is being court-martial ed. 59-year-old Fonseka, who is being held at the Naval Headquarters here since his arrest on February 8 for alleged involvement in politics and illegal defence deals while in uniform, is heading the JVP-dominated opposition alliance DNA in tomorrow’s polls.   "They (the opposition) are very well aware that if Sarath Fonseka is found guilty he will receive a sentence from any court and if he obtains a Parliamentary seat, it will be cancelled after he is convicted. Thereafter, a member from JVP will come forward in his place," Wimal Weerawansa, leader of National Liberation Front (NLF) -- a key constituent of the ruling UPFA, told reporters.   www.indianexpress.com/news/fonsekawillbedisqualifiedasmpifconvictednlf/601353/