Twenty five people have come forward to give evidence against Rtd. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, Military Spokesman Maj. Gen. Prasad Samarasinghe told exclusively to Ada Derana. He added that collecting evidence for the case is almost over.
In an exclusive interview with Ada Derana Samarasinghe said that Fonseka has rejected the chance to cross examine the witnesses and a chance to provide witnesses to support his case.
Fonseka left active service on November 14, 2009 and thus he is under Military law until May 14, 2010, Samarasinghe said. He added that due to the nature of some of the charges against Fonseka it is necessary to take legal action within 6 months of the reported offence and hence it is likely he should be brought before a military court soon.
The civil court will proceed parallel to the military court however Fonseka has option of challenging the Military court decision at the Appeal Court and then go to the Supreme Court, Samarasinghe said.
He added that according the Military Act a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment could be given according to the severity of the offence. Samarasinghe also stated that though the death sentence does not have effect in Sri Lankathe Military court could hand down the death sentence.