CDS Wijegunaratne’s term extended

President Maithripala Sirisena extended the term of office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne until 31 December 2019.

He joined the Sri Lanka Navy on 01 November 1980 as an officer cadet of the 9th Intake.

He was appointed as the Commander of the Navy on 11th July 2015 and appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff on 22nd August 2017. As the Commander of the Navy, he raised two battalions of the Sri Lanka Navy Marines, with the support of the US Marines in 2015.

Wijegunaratne is also accused of aiding and abetting Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi, alias ‘Navy Sampath’, the main suspect in the abduction, unlawful detention and murder of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.