The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna appears to be taking contradictory positions on whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa was served summons for two civil cases in the United States.
On Tuesday (9) morning the former Defense Secretary’s spokesman, Colombo Municipal Councillor Milinda Rajapaksha told RepublicNext that the former Defense Secretary “has not received anything” from a US court.
Also on Tuesday morning a private investigation and security company in the US called Premier Group International tweeted out a picture of a woman handing Rajapaksa an envelope. They captioned it saying it was a photo of their investigators serving papers on Rajapaksa connected to two cases filed in the California District Court.
The former Defense Secretary’s spokesman was responding to reports quoting the International Truth and Justice Project and others by multiple news outlets that Rajapaksa was served summonses or notices regarding two cases filed against him in the District Court of California.
The spokesman also said that Rajapaksa was “not in California on the day that is mentioned and he is currently in Nevada.”
However in a press conference held on Monday the Chairman of the SLPP confirmed that action has been filed against Rajapaksa by the daughter of murdered former SundayLeader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga asking for punitive damages.
RN made eight phone calls to Prof. Peiris’s mobile phone to clarify the matter and we were told he was either at meetings or the phone was switched off.
Prof Peiris, according to the Island newspaper explained how interested parties could move court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hinder his efforts to renounce US citizenship.