Tuesday, 11th May 2021

US renunciation certificate on social media of Gotabay is forged

Colombo, July 31 (BAN/ AD): As per sources the US renunciation certificate of former defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is forged. The certificate was circulated online on Monday. The certificate went viral on social media just ahead of his emerging presidential election campaign.  

The certificate states that he had become a US citizen on March 13, 2003 and renounced his US citizenship at the US Embassy on July 5, 2019. The certificate carried a red seal dated July 26, 2019, stating “Approved American Embassy Colombo,” with the signature of a US official named Joel Fifield.

As per official records Mr. Rajapaksa was not in Sri Lanka on July 5. He was in Singapore recovering from open-heart surgery. Details of a passport given on this certificate are also false. Mr. Rajapaksa’s US passport was issued on October 2012, according to official records, not in July 2012 as stated on the certificate.  

As per Sri Lankan constitution foreign National is barred from contesting Presidential election. This makes Mr. Rajapaksa essential to get an authentic certificate of renunciation or confirmation letter.

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