October 1, 2022
Greater than eight months earlier than an financial disaster and mass protests prompted him to flee Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa offered his nationwide assertion throughout the World Leaders’ Summit on the UN Local weather Change Convention (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 1, 2021.

Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested entry into Thailand for a brief keep in a second Southeast Asian nation after fleeing his island nation final month amid mass protests, the Thai international ministry mentioned on Wednesday.

Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14 following unprecedented unrest brought on by Sri Lanka’s worst financial disaster in seven a long time, and days after hundreds of protesters stormed the president’s official residence and workplace.

The retired navy officer then resigned from the presidency, turning into the primary Sri Lankan head of state to give up mid-term.

Rajapaksa is predicted to go away Singapore and head to Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Thursday, two sources mentioned, asking to not be named. Sri Lanka’s international ministry didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Tanee Sangrat, a Thai international ministry spokesman, mentioned Rajapaksa holds a diplomatic passport that enables him entry into the nation for 90 days. He didn’t say when Rajapaksa supposed to go to.

“The entry to Thailand by the previous president of Sri Lanka is for a brief keep,” Sangrat mentioned.

“The Sri Lankan facet informs us that the previous president has no intention for political asylum in Thailand and can journey to a different nation afterwards.”

Rajapaksa has made no public appearances or feedback since leaving Sri Lanka, and Reuters was unable to instantly contact him.

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Singapore’s authorities mentioned this month that town state had not accorded him any privileges or immunity.

A member of the influential Rajapaksa household, the 73-year-old served within the Sri Lankan navy and later as defence secretary.

Throughout his time as defence secretary, authorities forces lastly defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 to finish a bloody civil struggle. Some rights teams now need accusations that Rajapaksa dedicated struggle crimes to be investigated. Rajapaksa has beforehand strenuously denied the allegations.

Some critics and protesters additionally accuse Rajapaksa and his household of mishandling the economic system throughout his time period as president, resulting in the South Asian nation’s worst monetary disaster since independence from Britain in 1948.

His elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a former president and prime minister. Their youthful sibling, Basil Rajapaksa, served as finance minister till earlier this 12 months.

Rajapaksa’s successor, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has advised that the previous president ought to chorus from returning to Sri Lanka within the close to future.

“I do not consider it is the time for him to return,” Wickremesinghe informed the Wall Road Journal in an interview on July 31. “I’ve no indication of him returning quickly.”

If Rajapaksa got here again to Sri Lanka, he may not be protected below legislation if any fees had been filed in opposition to him, authorized consultants have mentioned.

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