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Suspected war criminal appointed Bank of Ceylon chairman

The former head of the Sri Lankan Air Force, Harsha Abeywickrema, will be appointed as the new chairman of the Bank of Ceylon this week.

Abeywickrama resigned from his post with the air force last week and was in charge of air operations during the final phase of the armed conflict. Under his command, the air force is thought to have taken part in indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

Sri Lanka has appointed several former military officers to senior positions, including former Navy commander, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, who is the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, former Major General Jagath Dias, Ambassador to Germany and Major General Shavendra Silva, who is now Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN in New York.

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