Former Sri Lanka army chief Fonseka convicted of engaging in politics while on duty Drew Singer at 1:33 PM ET
[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 he quit his military position. Fonseka will be stripped of his rank and medals [BBC report] once the government ratifies the court martial decision. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to a 26 year civil war, was arrested shortly after his defeat in the January 2010 presidential election amid his claims that the vote was unfair.
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