Gen. Fonseka to be hauled before military court
General Fonseka who contested against Rajapakse in presidential election of Sri Lanka is in serious problem now. As Rajapakse won the election for the second term as president, he has the plan to corner Fonseka.
This new move, as against indicting him under the normal laws of the land, came after the CID consulted Attorney General Mohan Peiris, an authoritative legal source said yesterday.
Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detectives allege that the actions of Gen. (retd.) Fonseka on the main subjects of their inquiry had their origins when he was serving as Commander of the Army. Besides allegations relating to conspiracy, they claim, that this included deals where his son-in-law reportedly benefited by way of large commissions for supplying military ware.
Now Fonseka has to face the military court where he could be sentensed to death or jail and no media as usual.
However, the conduct of proceedings in a Military Court, the source said, would not be open to the media. Military Courts are legally empowered to confer death or jail sentences on those found guilty.
"CID detectives have already taken into custody 36 persons during the ongoing investigations. This week, they arrested the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel’s Security Manager Ranjit Dayaratne. Investgators say that the manager, a retired Major in the Army, claimed that he was the one who had switched off the surveillance cameras at the hotel where more than 70 rooms had been rented to retired General Fonseka and his entourage on election night.