Constitution describes pardon procedure
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the existing
Constitution describes a clear process to follow if former Army Chief
Sarath Fonseka appeals for a pardon. He said that he would evaluate it
if and when such an appeal is made using established regulations.
The President made these comments when he met leading Buddhist Clergy
of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Vavuniya Districts in
Polonnaruwa yesterday where he looked into issues faced by the Buddhist
monks of the above areas.
President Rajapaksa stressed that he had not approved the decision of
the Military Court on a personal vendetta which was delivered after
Fonseka was found guilty on the charge of his involvement in a financial
The President noted that if he had not approved the decision of the
Military Court as its confirming authority the entire system would lose
its credibility. He said everyone was equal before the law.
The President pointed out that there had been more than 8,000 cases
before the Military Court in the recent past and this was not an
He observed that he had appointed the Military Court by powers vested
in him as the Head of Armed Forces in the country.
During yesterday’s meeting with the Buddhist clergy the President
looked into their grievances and the general social problems which their
respective areas faced.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Bandula Gunewardene, Pavithra
Wanniarachchi, Deputy Ministers S M Chandrasena, M K D S Gunewardene,
Duminda Dissanayake, Susantha Punchnilame, North Central Chief Minister
Berty Premalal Dissanayake, Governor Karunarathne Divulgane, local
politicians and officials were present.