Petitions urge Singapore to probe Gotabaya

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Several petitions have been filed against former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is currently in Singapore. The petitions were sent to the Government of Singapore by NGOs, lawyers and foreign politicians.

On 26 July, a petition was addressed to Director General International Affairs Division of the Government of Singapore, Daphne Hong Fan Sin, requesting an investigation against former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is in Singapore.

The petition was filed by the People for Equality and Relief in Sri Lanka, who requested the Singapore Government to investigate as is appropriate and prosecute Rajapaksa over his role in alleged serious crimes under international law in Sri Lanka.

Also, on 25 July, UK MP Elliot Colburn, who is also the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, wrote to Attorney General of Singapore Lucien Wong regarding a criminal complaint against former President Rajapaksa.

He said on behalf of the UK Parliamentarians, the Government of Singapore should take immediate action to arrest Rajapaksa, seize his passport and launch an investigation into the credible allegations against him.

He reminded that the Singapore Government has the option to exercise universal jurisdiction for grave abuses of the Geneva Convention.

Earlier, a Police complaint was lodged by Raymond Ng, who also asked Singapore’s Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam to investigate Gotabaya over money laundering.  In his complaint he said that Sri Lanka is now facing a serious shortage problem with respect to food, fuel and other basic necessities. In large part, it is seen as mismanagement by the Sri Lankan Government. As large amount of reserves, amounting to billions of USD is involved. He is also considered a Politically Exposed Person (PEP), and that means the money he has brought along with him or has transferred via the International SWIFT system must be carefully scrutinised to ensure all the money he has with him is totally legal, and that it has been earned through his salary as the President of Sri Lanka.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan