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Legal News
13 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] unveiled a report [text, PDF] Wednesday criticizing Sri Lanka for failing to investigate widespread reports of killings and other atrocities during the latter days of the nation's 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The government of Sri Lanka said Thursday that it may take up to five years to prosecute people accused of war crimes during the 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder; faction website]. The government released a timetable [text] on … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2011
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa [official profile] stated on Thursday in a speech [press release and transcript] that the government has begun counting the number of civilian deaths from its 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive]. The counting was … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A jailed former Sri Lanka army chief was sentenced on Friday to an additional three years in prison for reportedly implicating his country's defense secretary in war crimes at the end of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war [CFR backgrounder]. In the High Court [official website] ruling, two out … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] ruled Tuesday that the court-martial of former army chief and parliament minister Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was legal and bars him from serving in government. Fonseka had appealed [DPA report] to Sri Lanka's highest court, arguing that the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ratified a prison sentence [news release] for former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Fonseka was convicted [JURIST report] two weeks ago by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted Friday by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The court found [AFP report] that Fonseka gave preference to an arms company operated by his son-in-law. The court's conviction … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday voted 161-17 [press release] to give final approval to the 18th amendment [text, PDF] to the Sri Lankan Constitution [materials], eliminating presidential term limits. The parliament joined the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and the Cabinet [JURIST reports], which have also … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that he will appeal his recent conviction [JURIST report] on charges of engaging in politics while on active duty, but that he has no faith in the government, which he called a dictatorship. Fonseka, who … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Sri Lanka court martial on Friday found former army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] guilty of engaging in politics while on active duty. Sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, Fonseka was accused of trying to secure a place in a political party [Al Jazeera report] before … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The High Court of Sri Lanka [official website] on Thursday conducted the first hearing in the case against former army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who is accused of provoking violence and bringing disrepute to the government. The charges are in relation to statements made to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government announced Friday that the country's Cabinet has voted to remove presidential term limits [press release] that restricted presidents from serving more than two terms in office. The Cabinet also approved changes to the Sri Lankan Constitution [text] to give the president the power to appoint … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday eased certain restrictions under the country's state of emergency laws, which have been in place for most of the last 27 years. Lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency [Colombo Page report] for another month but reduced some of the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] appeared before parliament [official website] Thursday to call for both his freedom and respect for the "rule of law." Fonseka argued for his release from what he characterized as an "illegal detention" [Al Jazeera report] and a … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] Two separate court-martial proceedings against former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] were adjourned Tuesday. The trials, originally set to resume Tuesday, were postponed [BBC report] due to an ongoing case in the Sri Lankan Court of Appeals [official website], which is examining the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] on Monday criticized the government's treatment of detained opposition leader General Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. Sarath Nanda Silva, who retired from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court last year, accused [AFP report] the government of using … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted [press release] Tuesday to extend the country's current state of emergency until after next month's parliamentary elections. The measure, passed by a vote of 93-24 [Hindu report], was opposed by the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana, the country's main opposition party. President Mahinda Rajapaksa … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the dissolved Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] will reconvene to ratify a one-month extension to the current state of emergency. Rajapaksa dissolved parliament [JURIST report] last month to prepare for April elections, but, under the Sri Lankan … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Sri Lankas Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition [JURIST report] to release opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. The Court did, however, approve requests [BBC report] to ensure Fonseka's safety and to allow him greater access to lawyers, family, and colleagues. Fonseka has … [read more]

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