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In A first, Sri Lanka Appoints Military Officer As Spy Chief

Colombo: For the primary time in Sri Lanka’s historical past, a navy officer has been appointed because the chief of the nation’s prime intelligence company, which was blamed for failing to forestall the devastating Easter terror assault that killed greater than 250 individuals in April.

Brigadier Suresh Sallay, the previous director of the Navy Intelligence, has been appointed because the chief of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) – the nation’s premier spy company, Information First reported.

It’s the first time in Sri Lankan historical past {that a} navy officer had been appointed because the SIS chief, it added.

His appointment comes three weeks after former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president promising higher safety.

Rajapaksa is credited with serving to finish the island nation’s three-decades-long civil conflict towards the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) throughout his tenure because the defence secretary. In 2006, he survived an assassination try carried out by the LTTE with minor accidents.

Brigadier Sallay’s predecessor Nilantha Jayawardana was hooked up to the Police Headquarters.

Jayawardana has been accused by island’s suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara of not taking significantly the intelligence shared by India, which warned of an impending assault by an extremist group.

In June, Jayasundara filed a petition within the Supreme Courtroom towards his “unfair dismissal” over the catastrophic intelligence failure and accused then President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to forestall the Easter bombings.

Jayasundara stated regardless of the SIS not sharing data warnings with the police division, he had initiated motion to alert his senior males, however he had no enter from the principle spy company.

Greater than 250 individuals have been killed in eight coordinated suicide bomb assaults carried out by a neighborhood Jihadi group on April 21.

Two days after the assaults, Jayasundara claimed that Sirisena requested him to take the accountability for the failure to forestall the bombings and step down in trade for a diplomatic posting.

Nonetheless, he refused to take action following which Sirisena sacked him “illegally”

A parliamentary choose committee, appointed to probe the occasions resulting in the bombings, stated that intelligence data associated to the assaults was first acquired by the Director, SIS on April four however there have been delays from his finish to share it with the related intelligence and safety personnel.


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