Rajapaksa authorizes Court Martial sentence on Fonseka
[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 August 2010, 09:15 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday authorized the
sentence imposed by the 1st Court Martial on the former Commander of
the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Sarath Fonseka. The first Court Martial
Friday sentenced Sarath Fonseka which strips him of all military
ranks, being found him guilty of involvement in political activity
while in service. Rajapaksa has now authorized the sentence to be
carried out with immediate effect, acting Military spokesman Colonel
Duminda Gamage told media.
General G.S.C Fonseka joined the Sri Lanka Army on 5th February 1970
and received commissions as a 2nd Lieutenant on 1st June 1971 in the
Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment.
Months after Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected
the Executive President, he was appointed the Commander of the Army on
6th December 2005.
He was promoted to the Rank of a General on 18th
May 2009 immediately after the conclusion of the war.
On 14th July
2009, he was appointed to the post of Chief of Defence Staff and he
retired from the service on 14th November 2009.
contested the last Presidential Election held in January this year
against the incumbent head Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He was arrested following
his defeat at the election.