Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is willing to review the 30-month rigorous imprisonment given to former army chief Sarath Fonseka if the latter appeals to him, a report said today.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that the President was ready for a re-evaluation of the recommendation of the Second Court Martial on the basis of a plea by MP Fonseka, the Island Newspaper quoted the top defence official as saying.
The Convening Officer of the Second Court Martial President Rajapaksa, as the Confirming Authority, yesterday ratified the ruling that Fonseka be sentenced to 30 months.
The former Chief of Defence Staff was charged in accordance with provisions in the Army Act under Section 109 (C) on disgraceful conduct.
Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said Fonseka's conviction wasn't a political issue and it couldn't be resolved by protests or intervention by third parties, the paper reported.