The Sunday Leader

Fonseka To Contest Next Polls

By Camelia Nathaniel

Former army commander Sarath Fonseka says he will contest the next general election having been acquitted of all charges filed against him under the previous government and has been granted complete amnesty by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Fonseka lost his civil rights in 2010, including the right to vote, after a military court found him guilty over allegations raised against him and in 2011 the Supreme Court upheld the decision.

Fonseka was instrumental in leading the army during the final battle against the LTTE which eventually led to the defeat of the rebels in May 2009.

Subsequently in 2010 he resigned from the military and decided to contest the 2010 Presidential elections but he lost. Meanwhile, following his election defeat, Fonseka was arrested on 8 February 2010, and the government announced he will be court-martialed for committing ‘military’ offences. He was found guilty of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced to three years in prison. After serving more than two years in prison, Fonseka was released on 21 May, 2012.

Fonseka was freed from prison in May 2012 by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa but his civil rights were not restored.

3 Comments for “Fonseka To Contest Next Polls”



  2. Dr M.L.Najimudeen

    Some of the legal experts say that Sarath Foneka cannot contest an election right now. The election commissioner had not expressed his verdict yet.
    Let us hope for the best.
    All the best of luck General
    Dr M.L.Najimudeen

  3. The fabrications and incarceration of General Fonseka by Then President Rajapksa was not to take revenge on contesting against abut to show that he was the man who won the war ( Arm chair fighter ). It was the Armed foprces and the Police special task force that won thw war with thousands dead and many thousands severl yinjured.
    A part of the credit goes to Generla Fonseka as the joint operations commander in the battle against The LTTE that was defeated in toto.

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