Karannagoda, Gunathileke awarded top honorary ranks

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathilake were today awarded the highest honorary military ranks by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The President awarded the honorary military ranks in an extraordinary gazette notification.

Karannagoda was promoted as the Admiral of the Fleet while Gunathileke was promoted as Marshal of the Air Force.

The President gave the award for their outstanding performance and service to the Nation during the war against the LTTE.

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who led the Army during the final stages of the war against the LTTE, was promoted as General following the defeat of the LTTE and then Field Marshal.

Karannagoda is currently facing allegations of being involved in the kidnap and murder of 11 people in an extortion case that has attracted international condemnation.

Karannagoda was added to a list of 14 men accused of abducting children from wealthy families in 2008-2009 and later killing them. (Colombo Gazette)