A group of lawyers today raised suspicions that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa could still be a US citizen and that documents made public to say he is not could be forged or fake.
President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya told reporters today that information made public so far are not concrete to confirm that Rajapaksa is no more a US citizen.
He said that there is suspicion the documents made public with the signatures of a US official is forged.
Jayasuriya also said that the US passport said to be that of Rajapaksa with the cancelled seal does not seem authentic.
He said that under normal circumstances the US passport would have been taken over by US authorities once a US citizen relinquishes his citizenship.
Jayasuriya said that the US authorities can clear the air only if Rajapaksa, who is the applicant, makes a request and not a third party.
“Nobody can get the answer from the US because of the privacy law in the US,” Jayasuriya said.
He said that if it is found later that Rajapaksa is still a US citizen after the Presidential election, he can be disqualified if elected President.