The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has filed bribery charges against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his family, less than one week after Maithripala Sirisena ousted the incumbent in a startling contest for the presidency.
Corruption charges were also filed against ousted President Rajapaksa’s eldest son, Namal and his brother Basil, the Economic Development Minister and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The JVP said it had also filed charges against Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and other ministers in the former Government.
The party was hoping the Bribery Commission would prevent the former President and other officials from leaving the country by impounding their passports, JVP MP Vijitha Herath said.
According to the Sri Lankan constitution, sitting presidents are immune from legal suit, but there is a precedent for legal action against a head of state after they leave office in the famous Water’s Edge case against ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga. (DB)
Source - Daily FT