The Sunday Leader

Military Intelligence Chief Replacement Inevitable

by Chamila Tissera

Demands for Army Commander, General Crishantha De Silva to replace Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) Brigadier Suresh Sallay have grown to a fever pitch after the master spy’s top aide, Warrant Officer Prema Ananda Udalagama, was picked out last week in an identification parade for complicity in the assassination of founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The DMI has been widely criticized for keeping suspects in the Wickrematunge murder including Udalagama and Lance Corporal Kandegedera Piyawansa, on his personal staff, and for openly casting aspersions on missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda in a bid to shield military intelligence officers implicated in his abduction and disappearance.

Sallay was promoted to the top post, a brigadier level position, in 2013 by the then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa despite only recently being temporarily promoted to colonel. He later became a brigadier. The intelligence officer earned the ire of more senior officers as his closeness to the former regime afforded him a rapid ascent up the chain of command, from the rank of major in 2009 to brigadier by the time government changed hands.

Officials across the army, police and public service have highlighted that for the army and its commander to retain credibility, Sallay should be replaced by an officer from outside the military intelligence apparatus, noting that in the former regime’s 2010 purge of senior officers considered disloyal to the Rajapaksa family, not a single officer in military intelligence was sidelined.

3 Comments for “Military Intelligence Chief Replacement Inevitable”

  1. Crisantha

    It is vital to recognise that the Rajapaksa clan made sure that to hide their criminality, they had to make sure many top officers are in the ‘same wavelength’ as them. sadly we are today finding many IGP’s, DIG’s, some commanders etc are implicated in barn door criminality and murders directly or indirectly. all of them need to be identified and disgraced and where necessary punished. these measures are paramount to regain the credibility of the forces and law enforcement.

  2. Kaputa

    “Casting aspersions” on the credibility of the DMI and his actions, by keeping known suspects under his wing does question his integrity.However Udalagama and Piyawansa, were kept under his wing was because they were “Team Players” and in a bid to shield military intelligence officers implicated in abduction and disappearance.Come what may “Humane weekness” will set them against one another and the “TRUTH” will be out soon. Lasantha ! We still think of you and your team journalist each day.They and their Masters will be soon… exposed some day. We await that Happy day.

  3. gamarala

    The forces have to be purged of MR’s minions for this regime to survive and serve the nation.

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