February 9, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On February 9, 2010, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaska dissolved the country's parliament and demanded early elections to replace the previous members of parliament. The maneuver was an attempt by Rajapaska to utilize his re-election success by increasing the number of seats for his own ...[read more]
May 21, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was arrested shortly after his defeat in the ...[read more]
February 12, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On February 12, 2010, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed to consider a petition challenging the arrest of opposition presidential candidateSarath Fonseka, who was arrested "in connection with certain fraudulent acts and other military offences." IncumbentPresident Mahinda Rajapaksaalleged that... ...[read more]
November 18, 2011
by Brandon Gatto
A jailed former Sri Lanka army chief was sentenced on Friday to an additional three years in prison for reportedly implicating his country's defense secretary in war crimes at the end of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war. In the High Court ruling, two out of three judges found that the comments ...[read more]
August 13, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 13, 2010, a Sri Lanka court martial found former army chief Sarath Fonseka guilty of engaging in politics while on active duty. Sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, Fonseka was accused of trying to secure a place in a political party before he quit his military position. He was later ...[read more]
February 8, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 8, 2010, Sri Lankan military police arrested defeated opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) announced that Fonseka was arrested "in connection with certain fraudulent acts and other military ...[read more]
January 25, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that the court-martial of former army chief and parliament minister Sarath Fonseka was legal and bars him from serving in government. Fonseka had appealed to Sri Lanka's highest court, arguing that the military tribunal which convicted him on ...[read more]
September 30, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday ratified a prison sentence for former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was convicted two weeks ago by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison, although Rajapaksa has called for a ...[read more]
September 17, 2010
by Megan McKee
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was convicted Friday by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The court found that Fonseka gave preference to an arms company operated by his son-in-law. The court's conviction and sentencing must still be ...[read more]
August 19, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka said Thursday that he will appeal his recent conviction on charges of engaging in politics while on active duty, but that he has no faith in the government, which he called a dictatorship. Fonseka, who remains in custody, stated that he has no faith in ...[read more]

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