Sri Lanka promotes former general who defeated Tigers to field marshal

March 22, 2015 5:01 PM

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Sri Lanka promotes former general who defeated Tigers to field marshal

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A former Sri Lankan army general who led the military to victory in a 26-year war against Tamil Tiger separatists and later served time in jail was elevated to become the nation's first five-star field marshal on Sunday.

Sarath Fonseka had won a pardon in January from newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena after being convicted by the government of former President Machinate Rajapaksa of offences ranging from corruption to engaging in politics in uniform.

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