President Mahinda Signed Papers To Release Of Ex-Army chief Sarath Fonseka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed relevant papers on Friday to release ex-Army chief Sarath Fonseka, a day after the island marked three-years since defeating the Tamil Tigers.
According to Presidential spokesman the papers will be sent to Justice Ministry on Monday for further actions.
Rajapakse on Thursday announced intentions to pardon his erstwhile military chief-turned main political foe, Fonseka.
On Friday, high court imposed one million rupee bail on Fonseka in a case where he is accused of employing military deserters, his lawyer Saliya Peiris said. However, it was not immediately clear if Fonseka would have to stand trial for the offence.
The government detained Fonseka two weeks after his election defeat in February 2010, on charges of corruption relating to military purchases.
He was convicted given a 30-month jail sentence in September 2010.
According to Sri Lankan constitution President of the republic has can pardon any convicted person.
- Asian Tribune -