Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Argument in Gen. Sarath Fonseka's challenge to 2d court-martial

The Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka is considering former Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sarath Fonseka's challenge to his second court-martial (at which he was sentenced to 30 months' confinement). Click here for an account in the Daily Mirror:

"Deputy Solicitor General Mrs. Bimba Tilakaratne appearing for the Attorney General contested the maintainability of the application in view of there being no final determination by the Court Martial but it was a recommendation by it.


"She contested even if the conviction and sentence were set aside, the confirmation of the convening authority namely the President survives.

"She argued it cannot be challenged because the President was having blanket impunity and he could not even be cited as Respondent. She maintained the Court could not grant relief prayed for in the application."