Lawyers suspect Gotabaya is still a US citizen

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.

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  1. As a us citizen, I’m appalled by the current state of affairs in sri lanka. The people are treated like slaves, and the government kidnaps and kills people. and to find out the president of their country is a US Citizen, and that he was HERE and we let him go there? WTF is going on.

    • first you need to higher a top law firm that who partners with top private investigators and detectives. Then execute under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the release of federal (US or State) documents including immigration applications, naturalization, renouncement and US passport information, filed tax returns, bank and financial disclosure, declaration of assets, etc. All legally revoked documents come up in many US state department databases. Until people are cleared for any past due tax liabilities, the US passport will be kept active and this is why the federal registry has not carried his name.

  2. Yes, Gota is still a citizen of the USA until confirmed by the secretary of state after completing all procedures. See section E below.

    Daily Mirror Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:14 AM
    “Even if it need sometimes several months to appear in the register, Gota must have the release document from the US State Department, This document the State Department will provide immediately after his Renunciation has been accepted. The US will under no circumstances release Gota from the US citizenship this year. ”
    [:Renunciations abroad that do not meet the conditions described above have no legal effect. Because of the provisions of Section 349(a)(5), U.S. citizens can only renounce their citizenship in person, and therefore cannot do so by mail, electronically, or through agents. In fact, U.S. courts have held certain attempts to renounce U.S. citizenship to be ineffective on a variety of grounds, as discussed below.

    Questions concerning renunciation of U.S. citizenship in the United Statespursuant to INA section 349(a)(6) must be directed to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security.

    C. REQUIREMENT – RENOUNCE ALL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
    A person seeking to renounce U.S. citizenship must renounce all the rights and privileges associated with such citizenship. In the case of Colon v. U.S. Department of State, 2 F.Supp.2d 43 (1998), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Colon’s petition for a writ of mandamus directing the Secretary of State to approve a Certificate of Loss of Nationality in the case because, despite his oath of renunciation, he wanted to retain the right to live in the United States while claiming he was not a U.S. citizen.

    D. DUAL NATIONALITY / STATELESSNESS
    Persons intending to renounce U.S. citizenship should be aware that, unless they already possess a foreign nationality, they may be rendered stateless and, thus, lack the protection of any government. They may also have difficulty traveling as they may not be entitled to a passport from any country. Statelessness can present severe hardships: the ability to own or rent property, work, marry, receive medical or other benefits, and attend school can be affected. Former U.S. citizens would be required to obtain a visa to travel to the United States or show that they are eligible for admission pursuant to the terms of the Visa Waiver Program. If unable to qualify for a visa, the person could be permanently barred from entering the United States. If the Department of Homeland Security determines that the renunciation is motivated by tax avoidance purposes, the individual will be found inadmissible to the United States under Section 212(a)(10)(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(10)(E)), as amended. Renunciation of U.S. citizenship may not prevent a foreign country from deporting that individual to the United States in some non-citizen status.

    E. TAX & MILITARY OBLIGATIONS /NO ESCAPE FROM PROSECUTION
    Persons who wish to renounce U.S. citizenship should be aware of the fact that renunciation of U.S. citizenship may have no effect on their U.S. tax or military service obligations (contact the Internal Revenue Service or U.S. Selective Service for more information). In addition, the act of renouncing U.S. citizenship does not allow persons to avoid possible prosecution for crimes which they may have committed or may commit in the future which violate United States law, or escape the repayment of financial obligations, including child support payments, previously incurred in the United States or incurred as United States citizens abroad.:] source: https://www.usa.gov/renounce-lose-citizenship

  3. This shows that Sri Lanka has utter fools, this is why Sri Lanka fought the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades and killed innocent foreign tourists on Easter Sunday attacks. No other parts of Asia has killed that many leaders and innocent people in the 21st century apart from South Asia. I am surprised, because those fools are breathing on their own. If Gota is a citizen, the US will be glad to expose it, because the Americans know that he won’t be a puppet of any country, including the United States.

  4. Idiots without looking into the truth with your naked eyes you should not comment against an individual. You rascal go for legal action against election commissioner. And if proved GR is legal you will be hanged to death in Galle face in public

  5. If law is privacy in US why the bloody hell law cannot be privacy in Sri Lanka ??
    All lawyers who are against gotabey rajapaksa to hanged to death. Lawyer’s are the bloodiest rascals

    • Your use of language shows your calibre and what the ordinary citizen can expect in the event GR wins. It’ll again be a killing spree and this time around it’ll be against anyone who opposes or has dissenting views on their rule. Way to go Sri Lanka.

  6. ““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.”
    Why wait till after the election?. It is clearly stated that a candidate’s legal status has to be proven without any doubts before applying for candidacy. It is the responsibility of the EC to investigate the legality of the situation and act accordingly. Dr. Rajan Hooles silence in this matter raises concern and this fraudster should be eliminated from the list immediately. Furthermore, the US counsel in SL should take necessary action against their citizen, fraudsters including Ali Sabry for presenting forged documents to the public, undermining the integrity, legal system & the authorities of the United States

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