President Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the approval of the cabinet of ministers to release jailed Sarath Fonseka, Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekara said.
President obtained Cabinet approval to release SF
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to release former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jaysekara reveals short while ago. However, questioned over the issue by the media personnel at the weekly Cabinet press briefing, Cabinet Spokesman and Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana said the issue of “the release of Sarath Fonseka” was not taken to table. Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka speaking to The Nation said President Rajapaksa has given assurance that he will be freed unconditionally soon. Anyhow, she has no idea when the release of former Army Commander will take place.
Sri Lanka cabinet approves former Army Commander's release from prison
May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved the release of jailed ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseka from prison, government media said.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has received the cabinet approval to pardon the former military chief from his three-year prison sentence.
President Rajapaksa has assured Fonseka's wife yesterday that Fonseka would be released soon.
Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekara has said that accordingly the proposal made by the President received the green light of the Cabinet.
Fonseka is currently serving a three-year prison term after he was found guilty by a civil court for inciting violence in the White Flag case.
Fonseka, who contested the last presidential election as the common opposition candidate, was arrested on February 8, 2010 and court martial action was initiated against him.
He served a 30-month prison term given by a Court Martial in 2010 after finding him guilty of four charges related to alleged irregularities in military procurements during his tenure as Army Chief. That prison term ended last month.