Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been questioned by police over the invention of a considerable amount of money in his office-cum-residence when he fled the nation for security as 1000’s of protesters stormed the place in July final 12 months.
“A 3-hour lengthy assertion was recorded on Monday at his non-public home as directed by the court docket,” police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa informed reporters.
The protesters who occupied the President’s Home within the capital in July final 12 months stated that that they had found over 17 million rupees in money and handed over the cash to the Colombo Fort police.
The police reported the matter to the court docket, which ordered a press release to be recorded from Rajapaksa on the invention of money.
The 73-year-old disgraced former president fled Sri Lanka on July 13 final 12 months to the Maldives. From there, he travelled to Singapore from the place he despatched in his resignation on July 14, paving the way in which for the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe to take over the presidential reins. Later, Rajapaksa flew to Thailand. He returned residence on September 2.
Rajapaksa and his household confronted a number of accusations of wrongdoing between 2015-2019.
After he turned president in November 2019, one such case, alleged misuse of public funds to erect a monument for his dad and mom, was dropped primarily based on the presidential immunity.
Attorneys say the case can now be reopened as he now not enjoys presidential immunity.
The Rajapaksa household has dominated Sri Lankan politics for over twenty years. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the 76-year-old patriarch of the Rajapaksa household has been the nation’s president and prime minister.
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