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Canada rejects accused Sri Lankan war criminal as high commissioner

Accused War Criminal, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias

Former Air Force Commander, and accused war criminal, Sumanagala Dias has had his placement as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada rejected, as the Canadian government did not agree to his appointment following protests lodged by Tamil Canadians and parliamentarians alike calling to reject the ‘Génocidaire’.

Dias will now take up the role of Ambassador in Italy and will head to Rome. The former Air Force Commander was appointed as Senior Air Coordinator during the final stages of the armed conflict, coordinating SLAF operations with the ground operations of the 57,58 and 59 Divisions of the Sri Lankan Army, which have been credibly accused of war crimes. Dias was appointed as Base Commander at SLAF Hingurakoda Base, Sri Lanka in 2005, from which many indiscriminate bombing missions against civilian targets originated from.

The announcement last year in November to appoint him as Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Canada was met with strong protest from Canadians and parliamentarians.

Read more at DailyFT.

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