Basil Rajapaksa Tried To Flee The Country: Basil, the brother of Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, fled the country. But when the passengers at the airport recognized him, they informed the local authorities. Basil Rajapaksa was then detained at the airport. Immigration officials did not allow him to travel to Dubai. Incidentally, there were rumors that India had given shelter to Basil. But the Indian government has rejected that claim, according to an all-India newspaper source.
Gotabaya’s Brother Basil Rajapaksa Tried To Flee The Country
Basil arrives at Colombo International Airport at midnight on Monday, Sri Lankan local time. The former finance minister of Sri Lanka was trying to escape through the VIP terminal there. That’s when the people around recognized him. Immigration officials did not validate his travel documents. Basil was stuck at the airport till 3:15 in the morning. Then he got out of there.
Incidentally, Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the Presidential Palace last Saturday and went to an unknown shelter after announcing his resignation. Since then, rumors have been circulating that the family members of the king had fled the country. The controversy escalated around demand from outgoing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In a BBC interview on Monday, he said there was no Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the country. However, he later retracted his statement, saying the president was in Sri Lanka.
An all-party meeting has already been held in the country to decide who will be the next president of the island nation. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abewardena has said that the presidential election will be held in Sri Lanka on July 20 in accordance with the constitution. It was heard from various quarters that he was probably going to be the next president. However, it is also known that the family is desperate to stay in power. Gotabaya wants to make Ranil Wickremesinghe president. In the face of the wrath of the people, the entire family has to resign, but the Rajapaksas want to run the government by keeping Bikramasinghe in office.
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