President endorses 3o month jail term on Fonseka

(September 30, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) President Mahinda Rajapaksa has endorsed a verdict of the second military court martial sentencing the ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka for a 30 month jail term after finding him guilty for violating tender procedures in procurements for the army.

The court martial recommended the sentence on September 17, but the President was away from the country attending the UN General Assembly in New York delaying the implementation of the sentence.

Military sources said that Mr. Fonseka would now be transferred from the Navy headquarters to the Welikada prisons to serve the jail term.

Mr. Fonseka’s lawyers said they were awaiting the confirmation of the sentence to file papers in the court of appeal.

The ex-army chief was accused for favouring his son in law Danuna Tilakaratne who had tendered through his company Hicorp Pvt Ltd to supply items to the army. Tell a Friend