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Gota wins citizenship battle

The three judge bench of the Appeal Court dismissed the petition against SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan Citizenship today.

The petition was filed by two social activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara.

The writ application says the citizenship certificate is not in the format prescribed by regulations while two people have the same certificate number. Furthermore, there was no secretary to the ministry at the time (21 Nov 2005) and an unknown person had signed as Secretary.

The writ also said that Rajapaksa was trying to contest the upcoming presidential election and as a non-citizen if he is allowed to do so, it will disenfranchise all the SLPP voters who have the right to vote for a Sri Lankan citizen who is able to legally take the oath of office.

The writ says a non-citizen trying to become President of Sri Lanka poses a grave threat to national security and the territorial integrity of the republic.

Pictures by Krishan Kariyawasam