ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda as the new Governor of the North Western province, a spokesman said.
President’s Spokesman Kingsly Rathnayaka confirmed the appointment in a tweet Thursday (09) afternoon.
Karannagoda replaces former North Western province Governor Raja Collure who passed away due to COVID-19 earlier this week.
He served as Navy Commander in the final phase of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and also served as Secretary to the Ministry of Transport following the end of the war.
Karannagoda was a defendant in an alleged abduction case over the disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo in 2008 and 2009, but charges against him were dropped in October this year. The Attorney General’s Department on October 13 informed Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal that the charges against the former commander would not be taken forward.
On November 10, the same court dismissed a writ application filed by the parents of the youths against the Attorney General’s decision to withdraw the indictment. (Colombo/Dec09/2021)