Sri Lanka appointed as a military officer as spy chief

Sri Lanka appointed as a military officer as spy chief. Brigadier Suresh Sallay, former director of Military Intelligence appointed as head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS).

Updated: Dec 16, 2019 04:09:46 pm

Sri Lanka appointed as a military officer as spy chief

10 December 2019 Current Affairs:Sri Lanka, a military officer, appointed as head of the country's main intelligence agency. Brigadier Suresh Sallay, former director of Military Intelligence appointed as head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS).
It is the first time in the history of Sri Lanka that a military officer appointed as head of the SIS. His appointment comes three weeks after former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president promising greater security. The three-decade civil war of the island nation against the Tamil Eelam Liberation Tigers (LTTE) during his tenure as secretary of defense. He survived an assassination attempt carried out by the LTTE with minor injuries. Brigadier Sallay's predecessor, Nilantha Jayawardana attached to the police headquarters.

Jayawardana accused by the island's suspended police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, for not taking seriously the intelligence shared by India, which warned of an imminent attack by the extremist group.
The SIS did not share the information warnings with the police department initiated actions to alert its older men but had no comments from the main spy agency. The 250 people died in eight coordinated suicide bomb attacks carried out by a local jihadist group on April 21. Two days after the attacks, Jayasundara said Sirisena asked him to take responsibility for the failure to avoid the bombings and resign in exchange for a diplomatic post.
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