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Gotabaya Rajapaksa's track record comes to light again

Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's main slogan for his run up to elections is making Sri Lanka a fully secured country free from terrorism, crime, drug trafficking, terrorist financing, money laundering and corruption.
Several political analysts expressed their dismay as to why no one has challenged him in public to provide clear a explanation on serious criminal and corruption allegations leveled against him and the previous Rajapaksa regime rather than uttering the same thing relating to national security.

“Our country should be free from crime, drug trafficking, terrorist financing, money laundering and corruption. Our houses and streets must be safe places for children, women and the community at large. Businesses should be shielded from security threats.”

Those were the buzzwords of Gotabaya Rajapaksa when he was addressing all the forums and meetings held so far during his campaign.

What he is hiding about his past record including crimes and corruption of the previous regime will be exposed when the real race is on for the presidency, a renowned political analyst said.

He recalled that Sri Lankans have short memories and they have conveniently forgotten the illegal evictions, the ‘White Van’ abductions, the Matale ‘mass graves,’ the Bodu Bala Sena extremism as well as unwarranted militarisation, land grabs, detentions without being formally charged to extra-judicial executions.

The list will not end there. It also included mass killings, to violations of international law, to war crimes, to mass atrocities – the one name and the one family that is synonymous and inextricably linked to these and other multitude of human rights abuses and heinous crimes in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, siphoning off Tsunami funds that came into the Helping Hambantota initiative into a private account, the Euro 28 million MIG Deal, Shangri-La land deal for 10 acres of $125 million, the hedging deal which incurred a loss of 280 million, building memorials via spending public money, controversial Avante Garde transactions were among the hundreds of corrupt practices carried out during previous Rajapaksa regime were well documented and published in local print and social media during that period.

Therefore, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksa family regime should be made answerable for a multitude of human rights abuses and heinous crimes in Sri Lanka during their rule, he claimed.

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