Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka's brief stint as an MP has come to a sudden end in the wake of his 30-month imprisonment for corruption in defence deals, amid reports that the President may consider pardoning him if a plea is made personally by him or a family member.
Sri Lankan Parliamentary Secretary General Dhammika Kithulgoda on Thursday informed Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka that the parliamentary seat of 59-year-old Fonseka, who leads the opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA), has fallen vacant.
Authorities have requested the EC to nominate a person for the seat in Fonseka's place.
Fonseka is serving a 30-month jail term imposed by a court martial after the ruling was approved by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the commander in chief of the armed forces of Sri Lanka. He was sent to jail on Thursday last for corruption in defence deals during his tenure as the army chief....more
05:07 PM, Oct 07, 2010
A Sri Lankan military court on Friday stripped the country's war hero and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka of his rank and medals after finding him guilty of dabbling in politics, while in service. The 59-year-old General was convicted by the first court martial against him, which began deliberations five months back. He faces another military court on charges of corruption in defence deals. The three-member military court ruled...
06:55 PM, Aug 13, 2010