Fonseka refuses to accept charge-sheet
Mar 14, 2010
Retired General Sarath Fonseka has refused a directive to appear before a General Court Martial on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He has re-iterated the position he took at the recording of 'summary of evidence' that he is not covered by military law and that his arrest is illegal. On Thursday, the Government named a three member General Court Martial presided by Major General Harsha Weeratunga. The Court will hear five charges contained in two different Charge Sheets.

According to JVP frontliner Anura Kumara Dissanayake, former joint spokesman for retired General Fonseka, lawyers will represent the former Commander of the Army. They will object to the constitution of the General Court Martial on the grounds that it is illegal.

Among lawyers retained by retired General Fonseka is Daya Perera, PC, one of the country's best known criminal lawyers.

Until recently Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in Canada, he is one of the few criminal lawyers qualified in military law in Stanmore, Middlesex, UK and spent time with the British Army of the Rhine back in the late 1960s.

A former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, he is currently holidaying in Canada and is due back in Colombo shortly.

Courtesy: Sunday Times