Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in July following mass protests against the economic crisis, may return to Colombo on Saturday, a media report said on Friday. Rajapaksa is now in in Thailand, The Island newspaper reported.
The former President, who oversaw the decimation of the Tamil Tigers in 2009, first flew to The Maldives and then to Singapore, where he remained for a while before moving on to Thailand.
He fled Sri Lanka on July 9 after tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly the young, stormed and took over the President’s House and other landmark government buildings as mass anger exploded on the streets against the country’s worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s influential brothers — Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President and a former Prime Minister, and Basil Rajapaksa, a former Minister — remain in Sri Lanka and have been barred from leaving the country by a court.
A former Sri Lankan army chief, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, has urged the people to take to the streets to denounce police attacks on peaceful demonstrators.
Fonseka, a leader of the main opposition party SJB, was quoted as saying in the media on Friday that Sri Lankans should learn from England “if they want to see democracy and righteousness upheld in this country”. (UNI)