Tuesday, 21st September 2021

Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa returns from US

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo, April 12: Huge crowd had gathered at the Bandaranaike International Airport to welcome the former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was in the United States. He being a dual-citizen of Sri Lanka and the U.S. announced that he has taken the necessary steps to give up the U.S. citizenship.

He is possible President Candidate of the opposition party. He has been served notices charging him in two cases on torture and murder during war time.

Two cases have been filed in the United States courts against and the brother of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the daughter of murdered editor Lasantha Wickremetunga and a Tamil torture survivor.

On arrival at airport Gotabaya dismissed the lawsuits filed against him as “baseless” and maintained that it will only motivate him and his supporters. He is also under prosecution in case relating to misappropriating state funds. He had got permission from Special High Court for overseas travel in March 26 to April 12.

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