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 that the General, who is now a Parliamentarian, be "cashiered," which means he will be stripped off his rank, medals and decorations won during his 40-year long span in the Sri Lankan Army.
The sentence of dishonourable discharge from rank has to be ratified by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces....more
06:55 PM, Aug 13, 2010