CID probing alleged irregular issue of passport to Gota

The CID has begun investigations into an allegedly irregular issue of a passport to SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other immigration issues around him that have been reported in the Media. 

CID officers last week recorded statements from Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara and activist Gamini Viyangoda who had lodged separate complaints at the office of the IGP 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.

Both of them 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, Dual Citizenship may have been irregularly granted to this person when a government had not yet been formed and records of these transactions are missing.

This same story was reported by economynext.com.

Viyangoda of Puravesi Balaya urged 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.

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