“Sri Lanka presidential frontrunner loses bid to get corruption case dismissed” reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s top court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to dismiss corruption charges against him, in a possible blow to the frontrunnner’s candidacy.


“Rajapaksa redux and a democracy in peril” by The Hindu

Ahilan Kadirgamar on the danger the return of the Rajapaksas portends to democracy and how that return could be stalled.

“With the current conjuncture of geopolitical instability and the emergence of authoritarian regimes around the world, the conditions seem worryingly conducive for a Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime. The convergence of retired military actors, an extractive business lobby, a nationalist bureaucracy and an organised chauvinistic base, when combined with state power, spell danger not just of authoritarian nationalism but a fascist takeover of the state. It is democracy that is at risk, and ironically, it is elections that might pave the route to shutting down that democratic space. The return of the Rajapaksa oligarchy can be stopped by only a united stand of the fractured democratic forces.”

via: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/rajapaksa-redux-and-a-democracy-in-peril/article29103388.ece?fbclid=IwAR0P54iFTojh2VdfsIEH-r1Cfimz9MM4Im3dCSYLhaNam0yqgJZp4Y3Fais

“Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Rajapaksa faces new lawsuits in U.S. court” Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan torture victims have filed 10 new claims for damages in a U.S. court against wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, lawyers for the plaintiffs and a rights group said, possibly jeopardizing his plan to run for president.

via: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-rajapaksa/sri-lankan-presidential-hopeful-rajapaksa-faces-new-lawsuits-in-us-court-idUSKCN1TS1I9?fbclid=IwAR3IM6NfCUTVJaaHoJTLokGjJrdpOcIt4CAcFbMvQ2nWILSj_SDJDSweEi8

“Ousted Sri Lankan Leader Angles for a Comeback” by Gordon Fairclough

For the ex-president, the election battle “is a fight for political survival,” said Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo. “Rajapaksa Inc., the dynastic project, can’t stay out of power too long or it risks destruction.”

see: http://www.wsj.com/…/divisive-sri-lanka-leader-angles-for-a…

“Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy” by Ryan Goodman

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former defense secretary, oversaw the Sri Lankan armed forces’ worst atrocities during the final stages of the civil war and, as it happens, he is a naturalized American citizen. (Indeed, he used to live in Los Angeles, where he worked as a computer systems operator at Loyola Law School.)

As a citizen, Mr. Rajapaksa can be held liable under the War Crimes Act of 1996, which puts war crimes anywhere in the world under the jurisdiction of United States courts if the perpetrator, or the victim, is a United States citizen. Put another way, the United States has a perfect justification to go after Mr. Rajapaksa individually.

via: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/opinion/helping-sri-lankas-new-democracy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1

“Road Map II: Legal Avenues to Prosecute a US Citizen for War Crimes—The Case of Gotabaya Rajapaksa” by Ryan Goodman

“Here I highlight the various laws that might assist the Justice Department and other agencies in prosecuting US citizen, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In another post back in May, I described some of the evidence in the public record about his alleged involvement in mass war crimes—for which the US government is interested in seeking accountability.”

via: http://justsecurity.org/13403/road-map-ii-laws-apply-prosecution-citizen-war-crimes-the-case-gotabaya-rajapaksa/