Gota may still be a US citizen
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name does not appear on the latest list of United States citizens who have renounced their citizenship, although the former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense has said he has done so.
This raises questions whether he is still an US citizen.
The quarterly list is published by the US Federal government after the Internal Revenue Service files the list of those who have renounced US citizenship called “those who have chosen to expatriate.”
The latest list is available now as a downloadable PDF document at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/15/2019-17498/quarterly-publication-of-individuals-who-have-chosen-to-expatriate-as-required-by-section-6039g
It will be available as a published form at 6:45 pm Sri Lanka time at the same website today 15 Aug.
Gotabaya needs to prove he has renounced his US citizenship and acquired Sri Lankan statehood in order to be eligible to contest the Presidency.
He claimed that he received confirmation of his renunciation 3 May and produced a certificate from the US State Department saying so.
However, today’s list which covers May 2019 does not contain his name.
Gotabaya released what he called the authentic document to the CeylonToday newspaper on July 31 after a certificate swiftly proven to be an amateurish fake was circulated on social media the day before.