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Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return to SL: Minister

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the previous Sri Lankan President who secretly fled the nation on July 13 amid violent protests within the wake of the island nation’s ongoing financial disaster, is about to return, a Minister stated on Tuesday.

Colombo: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the previous Sri Lankan President who secretly fled the nation on July 13 amid violent protests within the wake of the island nation’s ongoing financial disaster, is about to return, a Minister stated on Tuesday.

When requested by reporters on Rajapaksa fleeing Sri Lanka, Media Minister Bandula Gunawardena refuted that the previous chief was hiding in Singapore and stated that he would return.

“I don’t agree that the former President is in hiding in Singapore because he had followed the official procedure and gone to Singapore obtaining a legitimate visa,” the Minister stated.

“I was aware that he would return and the authorities in our country would take necessary precautions to prevent any harm to the former President.”

In the meantime, GL Peiris, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the celebration fashioned by the Rajapaksas to win the 2019 presidential election, additionally stated that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will return to the nation and could be entitled to all of the perks and privileges which can be due for any former head of state.

In Sri Lanka, former Presidents and their household are entitled to a residence in Colombo, autos and safety, together with army and police, along with different perks and privileges.

In line with media stories, Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s escape had been brokered by the Maldivian Parliament Speaker and former president Mohamed Nasheed.

Amid the unprecedented financial disaster, the worst since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, triggered extreme shortages of meals, gasoline, medicines and different necessities.

In response, the general public first took to the streets on March 31 and surrounding the previous President’s non-public residence.

On April 2, the protesters occupied the doorway to the President’s workplace

And on July 9 regardless of heavy safety presence in Colombo, anti-government protesters took over the President’s official home, his workplace and later the rime minister’s residence, triggering Gotabaya Rajapaksa to enter hiding and at last introduced his resignation on July 14.

From the Maldives, he fled to Singapore.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was named performing President.

The Worldwide Reality and Justice Undertaking (ITJP), a South Africa-based rights group, has filed a grievance with the Attorney General of Singapore demanding the arrest of Gotabaya Rajapaksa for warfare crimes allegedly dedicated in the course of the ultimate days of the over two-decades lengthy Civil Battle.

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