Monday, May 9, 2011

General Sarath Fonseka's Appeal

The Island reports on General Sarath Fonseka's court martial conviction.  Forsenka was the former commander of the Sri Lanka army who is appealing his conviction.  He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment as penalty for heading a tender board which had allegedly followed irregular procedures. Consequent to the sentence, General Fonseka was unseated from Parliament, under Article 89/d of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The Article states that any person convicted and sentenced to more than six months in prison could not sit or vote in Parliament.  Romesh de Silva, Fonseka's attorney, said that there was no document before the Court of Appeal which confirmed the conviction.