Pandemonium in parliament over Fonseka punishment
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 10:38 GMT]
Pandemonium reigned in the Sri Lanka ‘s Parliament when it resumed
its sittings Tuesday afternoon when the main opposition United
National Party (UNP) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) demanded a full debate on the verdict of the first Court Martial against the
former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Sarath Fonseka.
JVP parliamentarians protested over the manner the first court martial
hearing was conducted and verdict issued without giving room for the defense during the
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of the Opposition and UNP leader
requested the government to table all records pertaining the first
Court Martial hearing against Fonseka in the parliament for perusal.
Government parliamentarians stood up and shouted at the opposition
leader and JVP parliamentarians when they spoke.
Commotion prevailed in the House. The Deputy Chairman of the House
Murugesu Chandrakaumar adjourned the sittings as the
situation went out of control, parliamentary sources said.
The first Court Martial found Sarath Fonseka guilty for his alleged
involvement in the politics while in service without the presence of
the defense and ordered to strip his medals, promotions and pensions
The sentence was later ratified by the Sri Lanka’s
President Mahinda Rajapakse.