Court bars former Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa from leaving country

Ex-finance minister Basil Rajapaksa is also barred from leaving Sri Lanka days after former president Gotabaya's flight out of the country

PTIUpdated: Friday, July 15, 2022, 11:53 PM IST
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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Friday barred former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving the country till July 28.

The order was passed by the apex court during the hearing of a petition filed by global civil society organisation Transparency International on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

The petition filed on June 17 had sought a directive from the court restricting the overseas travel of the two Rajapaksa brothers, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, and former treasury secretary S R Attygala.

The petitioner had claimed that these persons were directly responsible for the unsustainable foreign debt, debt default and the current economic crisis.

Basil, the younger brother of former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had tried to leave the crisis-hit island nation on Tuesday.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself fled to the Maldives on Wednesday and then reached Singapore on Thursday following massive protests against his government. He tendered his resignation once he was assured of a sanctuary.

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