Gota can return, but must face charges – SJB


The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) said, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has the right to return to the country, however, he should face charges for allegations of misuse of funds, as he no longer enjoys immunity.

Speaking to the Media on Friday (19), SJB member Ajith P. Perera said, “Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a citizen of this country and he has the right to return. No one can deny his right. Yet, he should face charges on allegations of misuse of funds.”

“Indictments should be filed against other charges he has. It is possible to make him face the trials and penalise him if found guilty, as he no longer enjoys immunity as per the Constitution,” he said.

He further said the SJB opposes the Cabinet Paper which has been presented by the Prime Minister to pay compensation worth over Rs 100 million to high-ranking state officers who allegedly faced political victimisation during the Yahapalana government.

Perera also opined that the arrival of former President Rajapaksa can wreck the political stability that was being built gradually in the country.

By Nabiya Vaffoor