Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in the face of intense mass protests, is now trying to go to the United States. Gotabaya fled first to Maldives, from there to Singapore and is currently staying in Thailand.
On Thursday (August 18), Sri Lanka-based media The Daily Mirror reported this.
Ranil Wickramasinghe, who is known to be close to Gotabaya, is currently the president of Sri Lanka. So Gotabaya is trying to get a US green card even though there is a ‘green signal’ to return home.
Gotabaya fled from Sri Lanka to the Maldives on July 13 in the face of massive anti-government protests. He then went to Singapore and sent his resignation letter.
Gotabaya arrived in Thailand from Singapore on August 11. The validity of his visa in the country is three months.
According to a high-level source in Sri Lanka, Gotabaya is staying in Bangkok with his wife. His wife Yoma Rajapakse is a US citizen. Gotabaya also wants to settle in the United States with his wife and son. So he applied for a green card in the United States.
Gotabaya can get a US green card because the wife is a citizen.
Gotabaya’s lawyers confirmed that Gotabaya’s application process for a US green card started last month. Gotabaya is waiting for all the processes to be completed.
Gotabaya, however, lived in the country for a while as a US citizen after retiring from the military. When his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power as Sri Lanka’s president in 2005, Gotabaya renounced his US citizenship and returned home. Gotabaya then joined the government of brother Mahinda.
Gotabaya was the last President and Mahinda was the Prime Minister. Mahinda and Gotabaya were forced to resign in the face of protests due to the energy crisis.