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Harin’s allegation on Gotabhaya’s citizenship is diabolic lie: Ali Sabry

Ali Sabry

President’s Counsel Ali Sabri has dismissed Minister Harin Fernando’s allegation that Gotabhaya was still a US citizen is a diabolic lie.

He was addressing the media at Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. Lawyers Kushan de Alwis, PC, Mayura Gunawansa, PC, Razik Zarook, PC, and an attorney-at-law practising in the US Prof. Gamini Gunawardena were also present at the media briefing.

Ali Sabry said:

“Harin Fernando has raised the issue of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name not being in the new Federal Register and hence claimed that he is still a US citizen. This is a diabolical lie.

There has been, particularly in the last five years, an onslaught of allegations to prevent him from contesting the Election. Case after case was filed, a special kind of Police named the ‘FCID’ was set up, and special courts, too, were set up. But despite all those things, he has managed to become the candidate, as a result of which last minute desperate attempts are being made by some sections of the opposition to mislead the public.

I have the original US passport, issued in 2012 to Rajapaksa, valid for 10 years; but after he renounced his citizenship, a seal saying ‘cancel’ has been stamped on it.

I also have the official oath of renunciation he took on 17 April with an embossed seal, and I also have the original certificate of loss of citizenship, which has been approved by the US State Department. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is now a Sri Lankan citizen and all the necessary documentation has been submitted to the Election Commission for perusal.

The issue has been politicised by a group political opponents of Rajapaksa to mislead the public in view of their impending defeat at the Nov 16 presidential election. The matter had been challenged before the Court of Appeal with the same purpose but the court had thrown out the petition. If they had any further doubt they could have gone to the Supreme Court. They knew the truth that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had renounced his US citizenship properly. So, they did not go to the Supreme Court and waited till now to mislead the people. There is a monk staging a protest at the Independence Square demanding to know the truth. He could have gone before his leaders Ranil Wickremesinghe or Sajith Premadasa who has very cordial links with the US Embassy and got the matter verified without wasting the time of others."


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