With all the moronic last episodes of the war, one of the chapters close with Sarath Fonseka going to prison on Thursday began 30 months in jail after the president confirmed the sentence. I had hoped, President to do otherwise.
According to AP; Rajapakse approved the sentence of two-and-a-half years “rigorous imprisonment” on Wednesday after returning from addressing the United Nations in New York.
“The president, as commander-in-chief, has confirmed the court martial decision, The sentence begins from today. The court martial recommended up to three years in jail, but the president has decided he will be in prison for 30 months” Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.
“The court martial was just a puppet show with the government holding the strings, We knew that he will be jailed so this announcement from the government today does not come as a surprise to us.” Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka told reporters in Colombo Thursday. “
Fonseka also faces civilian charges of employing army deserters and revealing state secrets — offences that carry a 20-year jail term.
This will polarize the country politically even more and I fear for outspoken people who support Sarath Fonseka. Also in true Sri Lankan fasion, people might forget who Fonseka was in two and half years. The harder part for Sri Lankans is that President has pardoned high ranking members of LTTE (which we find a part of the process of reconciliation) why Sarath Fonseka was sent to prison.