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Gota's Renunciation of US Citizenship a Bluff? | Lankaviews | Views of the TruthLankaviews | Views of the Truth

Gota’s Renunciation of US Citizenship a Bluff?



The much publicized renunciation of  Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa is still a doubt according to the latest information.

The list of those renounced US citizenship as at June 30 this year, a document issued by the US Internal Revenue Service does not include the name Gotabhaya Rajapaksha. According to the document titled ‘Quarterly Publication of Individuals, who have Chosen to Expatriate’, the list contains the name of each individual who lost US citizenship with respect to whom the Secretary received information during the quarter ending June 30, 2019. It is also announced that the document would be officially published on August 15.

Earlier, it was reported that Gotabhaya declared to media that he received the final document from the US State Department over renunciation of his US Citizenship on May this year. The Immigration and Emigration Controller General confirmed that Mr. Rajapaksa obtained a new passport on May 7 this year. However, on March 23 this year, Gotabhaya stated that necessary action had been taken to withdraw his citizenship. On April 12, he reiterated that he was ready to hand over the documents. However, his media spokesman Milinda Rajapakse said on April 12 that the documents were handed over in March. In an interview on April 29, Gotabaya stated that he was no longer an American citizen. He said 99 per cent of citizenship withdrawal process has been completed.