Sri Lanka: Judgement likely today on petition challenging citizenship of Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapksa

In Sri Lanka, a three-judge bench of the court of appeal is likely to pronounce its judgement today on the petition challenging citizenship of Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapksa. The court has held the hearings yesterday where deputy solicitor general Nerin Pulle informed the court that the Department of Immigration and Emigration does not have the applications and documents pertaining to the passport of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The petitioners alleged that the citizenship certificate issued to Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not a valid document before the law. They added that only the subject minister is vested with the power to issue dual citizenship but Gotabaya’s certificate has been issued by his brother and then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is an illegal act. Deputy solicitor general stated that executive powers are vested with the President even if a cabinet has not been appointed.

Meanwhile, the Permanent High Court today granted permission to Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to travel overseas for a medical checkup from 9th to 12th of this month. The former defence Secretary is an accused for allegedly misappropriating state funds during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa museum. Mr. Rajapksa has requested the court to release his client’s passport as he is due to travel overseas for a medical examination and for handing over nominations for the upcoming presidential election on November 16.

The Hindu

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