Mahinda Rajapaksa News, Basil won’t leave Sri Lanka until the SC hears a petition, their attorneys say

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Former prime minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda RajapaksaBasil Rajapaksa, an ex-finance minister, gave a commitment to the Supreme Court through his lawyers on Thursday that they would not leave the country in crisis until the Fundamental Rights petition against them is heard on Friday. A media report stated this on Thursday.

The petition against Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya of the former powerful Rajapaksa clan was filed by five judges of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. This hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to the Daily Mirror Lanka website.

Basil Rajapaksa was the younger brother to President. Gotabaya RajapaksaOn Tuesday, he was already at the back of the Colomboairport, as he tried to leave the country via the VIP terminal.

Basil, aged 71, attempted to leave the bankrupt island country a day before Gotabaya Ranil fled to the Maldives, where he was appointed Prime Minister Ranil WickremesingheActing President, escalated political crisis and triggered a fresh wave protests in a country reeling from the worst financial crisis since decades.

Basil, who is a US citizen, resigned in April as finance minister. Street protests against fuel shortages, food, and other necessities grew more intense. He resigned in June.

Basil is widely believed to be responsible for the worst economic crisis in the country, which has brought misery upon the people.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was the patriarch of Rajapaksa and resigned on May 9 after his supporters attacked antigovernment protesters at Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s offices.

Mahinda (76), was previously barred from traveling abroad by a Sri Lankan court in May because of investigations into their involvement in the attack on protesters in Colombo.

Following his resignation, the former prime Minister was being secured at the Trincomalee naval station.

Wickremesinghe was swear-in Sri LankaPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed the new prime Minister, just days after Mahinda Rajapaksa had resigned.

Wickremesinghe, Gotabya Rajapaksa’s ex-wife and country-wide violence survivor, was appointed acting president of the island country.

On Wednesday, the acting president declared a state-of-emergency in the country. Protesters gathered in front of his office at Flower Road in Colombo after he was appointed as acting president.

Sri Lanka, which has 22 million inhabitants, is in an unprecedented economic crisis. It is the worst since seven decades. Millions are struggling to pay for food, fuel, and other necessities.

Schools have been closed and fuel limited to essential services has been restricted. Due to fuel shortages, patients are unable travel to hospitals. Food prices are also rising.

Last week, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe declared that Sri Lanka was now bankrupt.

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