Appeal Filed in Supreme Court by Civil Society Activists to Overturn Court of Appeal Decision and have the dual citizenship certificate of Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nullity and to nullify Rajapaksa’s ability to act as or represent himself as a citizen of Sri Lanka

By Nirmala Kannangara

Two civil society activists today an appeal with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision last month by the Court of Appeal to dismiss their writ application that sought to quash the dual citizenship certificate of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda, co-conveners of the Purawesi Balaya civil society group, had filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal challenging the authenticity of the dual citizenship certificate granted to the former Defence Secretary on 21 November 2005 by his brother, newly sworn-in President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya Says It is not the Election Commission’s Job to Verify the Authenticity of Documents Submitted by Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Lawyer Ali Sabry Regarding the Renunciation of US Citizenship by the Presidential Candidate

By Sandun A. Jayasekera

Underscoring that the Elections Commission (EC) was not concerned over citizenship of any presidential candidate, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said today he, along with two other commissioners, only observed and returned the document on US citizenship of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to his lawyer Ali Sabri.

Responding to a journalist at a news briefing held today at the Government Information Department, he said Mr. Sabri gave him a document saying it was a genuine certificate indicating the renunciation of Mr. Rajapaksa’s US citizenship.

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