Gotabaya returns tomorrow?

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Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to return to Sri Lanka tomorrow (3), informed sources said.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recently requested the Government to provide adequate protection to Rajapaksa and his family to return to the country.

In a letter addressed to the President, HRCSL said, it has received several complainants alleging that the former President had tendered his resignation under threat and coercion and the Government had failed to provide adequate security to him during that period.

“And now, the Ex-President and his family intend to return to the country. The complaint is based on the premise that the Ex-President and family cannot return to the country due to the prevailing threats they face and that it violates fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution for every citizen,” the HRCSL said.

Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka following mass protests staged against him on 9 May in Colombo. He fled to the Maldives and then Singapore and Thailand.