SL: Prez approves 30-month jail for Fonseka

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Sarath Fonseka
Colombo, Sep 30: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has approved 30-month jail term for then army chief Sarath Fonseka by a military court on charges of corruption on Thursday, Sep 30, said top officials.

Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella refused to comment on the duration for which Fonseka may have to serve imprisonment.

"There are other formalities also to be completed," he added.

However, a top official in the President's office said that "President Rajapaksa has signed the paper endorsing the military court order sentencing Fonseka for a period of 30 months."

Fonseka, who successfully led the Sri Lankan military in the war against the LTTE in 2009 was found guilty on all four counts related to the procurement of arms by the Army in violation of the tender procedures.

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