Activists want Gota’s passport and Dual Citizenship investigated
Two Civil Society activists are pushing the police towards investigating allegations of an allegedly irregular issue of a passport to Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other immigration issues around him that have been reported in the Media recently.
Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda lodged separate complaints at the office of the Inspector General of Police calling for investigations into allegations of “possible criminal activity” by Rajapaksa in the recent issue of a passport, declaration of dual citizenship and the disappearance of government records pertaining to these allegations.
They pointed to a report that appeared in the Daily FT on August 5, which said a passport may have been irregularly issued to this person under a new National Identity Card omitting the necessary endorsement that he was a dual citizen.
The report also said Dual Citizenship may have been irregularly granted to this person as a government had not yet been formed at the time and records of these transactions are missing.
In his complaint, Viyangoda of Puravesi Balaya says that Rajapaksa has publicly declared that he intends to contest the Presidential Election. “As you are aware all criminal proceedings against a person will cease upon their being elected as President,” he points out.
Therefore Viyangoda urges the Acting IGP to investigate saying “it is of Paramount importance to Sri Lanka’s National Security and system of Justice,” to do so.
Viyangoda says the Police should investigate whether criminal offences are disclosed by this information and whether Rajapaksa did indeed legally obtain dual citizenship in Sri Lanka after renouncing his allegiance to the country of his birth and pledging fealty to the United States of America in 2003.
Thenuwara’s complaint, which does not name Rajapaksa, also notes that the “individual concerned” has had criminal proceedings instituted against him by both the Bribery Commission and the Attorney General for misappropriation of public funds and corruption.
Meanwhile addressing a Press Conference in Colombo the person responsible for the subject, Home and Internal Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardene said that he hasn’t taken any action against any incident related to Rajapaksa’s passport. He added that he had not received any requests to do so, but if he does he will take necessary action.
He also said that Rajapaksa had not officially informed his Ministry about renouncing American citizenship.