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Sarath Fonseka Found Guilty In First Court Martial

Aug 13, 2010 6:00:44 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The first Court Martial has found (Rtd) General Sarath Fonseka guilty with a sentence of a dishonorable discharge from rank, pending approval from the President, according to Jasmine Newswire, quoting a military official. This comes after an often delayed trial which finally proceeded during court holidays despite Fonseka not having legal counsel during that time.

Fonseka fell out of favor with the government after running against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2010 Presidential Election. Prior to that he was the powerful Army Commander during the war and was portrayed as close to the President and his brother, the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Fonseka is currently an MP from the opposition Democratic National Alliance party though he remains under arrest. He is being tried for political activity while in office and corrupt procurement practices. His supporters allege that these accusations are politically motivated.