Court Martial on Fonseka - verdict upheld
The convening officer of the Court Martial, President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, as the Confirming Authority yesterday confirmed that the
accused, Rtd. General G.S.C. Fonseka be cashiered from the Sri Lanka
Army as recommended by the tribunal that probed the accused’s
involvement in politics on three separate charges.
accordance with the provisions in the Army Act under Section (124), the
accused was charged on one count and under Section (102) on two counts,
(1) Traitorous / Disloyal Word and (2). Neglect to obey garrison or
other orders (two counts).
The tribunal comprised Major General H.L. Weerathunga, (President),
Major General A.L.R. Wijethunga and Major General D.R.A.B. Jayathilaka.
Rear Admiral W.W.J.S. Fernando served as Judge Advocate. The prosecution
led evidence of four witnesses including Minister Jonston Fernando,
Gamini Abeyrathna, parliamentarian Luxman Seneviratne and Major General
A.W.J.C. De Silva. Rienzie Arsacularatne was the Defence Counsel for
The Court Martial - 1 probing charges against Fonseka under three
separate charges commenced its sittings on March 16 in accordance with
the provisions in the Army Act.