Fonseka not allowed to attend Parliament, goes on fast

Detained ex-Army Chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday went on an hunger strike after he was not allowed to attend Parliament by authorities, who wanted him to appear before a court martial.

Last Updated: May 05, 2010, 19:32 PM IST

Colombo: Detained former Army Chief Sarath
Fonseka on Wednesday went on an hunger strike after he was not
allowed to attend Parliament by authorities, who wanted him to
appear before a court martial.

"Gen. Fonseka began a hunger strike this morning. He
was not given permission to attend Parliament today despite an
appeal from Democratic National Alliance and United National
Party members," Democratic National Alliance General Secretary
and Parliamentarian Vijay Herath told.

Herath said though Parliament speaker Chamal Rajapaksa
had assured that he would look into the matter, nothing has
been done so far.

Fonseka, who is currently in military custody at the
Navy Headquarters, is facing two court-martial.

The second court-martial, before which Fonseka
appeared today, is hearing charges of alleged violation of
military procurement procedures against him.

Fonseka appeared before the court martial and
proceedings went on for over three hours, sources said, adding
the next hearing would be held on May 24.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today asked Army Chief
Jagat Jayasuriya today to produce Fonseka in court on May 12.

This is regarding a statement he had allegedly made to
a Sunday newspaper on the final days of the last phase of the
Eelam IV War.

Meanwhile, in Parliament, when the Emergency
regulation came up for voting, UNP and DNA Members staged a
walk out.

The Emergency regulations were passed with 132 voting
in its favour and 14 against.

While the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance voted
against the motion, a UNP Member Abdul Cader voted for
continuance of Emergency regulation.

PTI