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21GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:26 am

prabath


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Be ready with pop corns.clock is tiking

22GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:11 pm

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ASPI 7000 also possible...Cheers

23GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:30 pm

samaritan


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It's time to achieve big dreams, despite the long wait!

24GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:22 pm

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Good time to invest

25GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:01 am

sanjulanka


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ඩේසි ආච්චිගෙ මැණික් මල්ල හලල pirat pirat pirat

26GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:51 am

Bakka1988


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Ou ou

27GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:14 am

samaritan


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Shares gain after Gota launches presidential bid

http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx


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28GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:07 pm

reyaz

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If sajith becomes prez then kiss goodbye to the loyal hedge funds, good luck begging for Sorros to come and invest here.

29GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:13 pm

reyaz

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Yahapalanaya idiots will ruin the country further and Sajith Premadasa will now bring in his NGO buddies to take what is left of the people- he will even take your kidneys and sell it to the NGOs

30GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:22 pm

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Not worth talking about something which is not going to happen.


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31GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:43 pm

deli

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@reyaz wrote:Yahapalanaya idiots will ruin the country further and Sajith Premadasa will now bring in his NGO buddies to take what is left of the people- he will even take your kidneys and sell it to the NGOs

I think you are exaggerating, but I agree on the fact that Sajith is a character that is not known well!

32GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:40 pm

Bakka1988


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Game will start on next Monday.

33GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:24 pm

sanjulanka


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උබලගෙ ගෝට එනව කියල තව මාස ගානක් බලන් ඉන්නකොට අපිටත් එවරඩි බැටරි ඇඩ් එක වාගෙ වෙයිද?6500 එන්න.නිකන් ඇහුවෙ, කොහොම හරි කෂ්ටිය දිනන මූඩ් එකේම තියාගන්න ඉගුරු බිස්කට්වත් දීල බලපල්ල.සුද්දොනම් ගෝටගෙ පිහිටෙන් ගොඩ ගියා.අපි...........Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

34GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:20 pm

kumarweerarathne

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අපි නම් විකුනන්නෑ කවුරු කීවත්... තව උඩ යයි තව උඩයයි කියලා බලන් ඉන්නවා. අනේ ඉතින් අපේ ගට් feeling එක සුපිරියට තියෙනවා මේ දවස්වල පෙන්ස් 😝

35GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:43 pm

Bakka1988


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Balapallako me sathi 2. Mokadda wenne kiyala

36GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:23 am

samaritan


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On the eve of Gota taking oath as new President what would be the ASPI?

Most probably Dr.Nalaka Godahewa will be back to lead the SEC. Bye! Bye! to present dead losses!


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37GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:54 am

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@samaritan wrote:On the eve of Gota taking oath as new President what would be the ASPI?

Most probably Dr.Nalaka Godahewa will be back to lead the SEC. Bye! Bye! to present dead losses!


Please wake up, don't sleep in the day time

38GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:59 am

samaritan


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@Miss-Sangeetha wrote:
@samaritan wrote:On the eve of Gota taking oath as new President what would be the ASPI?

Most probably Dr.Nalaka Godahewa will be back to lead the SEC. Bye! Bye! to present dead losses!


Please wake up, don't sleep in the day time
These are events that are going to happen. Wait & see!


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CITIZEN

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Former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others were yesterday ordered to be released from the Avant Garde floating armory corruption case by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court
The Magistrate further observed that in accordance with the Court of Appeal order, the Bribery Commissions has no obstacle to file a fresh corruption case against the accused.

40GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:26 am

soileconomy

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There will be many more cases against Gota till election.



Last edited by soileconomy on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:32 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : .)

41GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:29 pm

Teller

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Avant Garde is a drama and they are the actors while we are silly audience.


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Teller said is said..

42GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:14 am

CITIZEN

CITIZEN
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@Teller wrote:Avant Garde is a drama and they are the actors while we are silly audience.

[size=30]5) Avante Garde[/size]

Loss of revenue was caused to the government because of the contracts and services  given to a private firm. The people can well remember who initiated such transactions..
The people remember how weapons were issued and how, eventually, weapons were discovered on floating armouries without any serial numbers.

43GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:49 am

soileconomy

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Now does the part of agent  garde?that is my question.is it sl navy?

44GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:51 am

samaritan


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Has Central Bank bond scam become a forgotten story??? Who planned & executed the robbery???
Who planned & prevented the debate on the presidential commission report on bond scam report in parliament???
HAVE WE FORGOTTEN??????


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45GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:57 am

samaritan


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Will we ever know who are the Ministers who pressurised Dilrukshi to file action against Gota??? Wonder how many more Dilrukshis are holding high offices under this govt.


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46GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:14 am

CITIZEN

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@samaritan wrote:Has Central Bank bond scam become a forgotten story??? Who planned & executed the robbery???
Who planned & prevented the debate on the presidential commission report on bond scam report in parliament???
HAVE WE FORGOTTEN??????
Don't forget Bond case 2016 and Bond CASES from 2005 to 2015, both has been gone under carpet by both main parties secret talk

47GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:19 am

CITIZEN

CITIZEN
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@samaritan wrote:Will we ever know who are the Ministers who pressurised Dilrukshi to file action against Gota??? Wonder how many more Dilrukshis are holding high offices under this govt.
The main calpits are out. by the order minister Now Nissaga Senathipathi cry in hospital bed

48GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 Empty Re: GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:30 am

samaritan


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@CITIZEN wrote:
@samaritan wrote:Has Central Bank bond scam become a forgotten story??? Who planned & executed the robbery???
Who planned & prevented the debate on the presidential commission report on bond scam report in parliament???
HAVE WE FORGOTTEN??????
Don't forget Bond case 2016 and Bond CASES from 2005 to 2015, both has been gone under carpet by both main parties secret talk
give details please.


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SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had signed his nomination papers and under the Right To Information Act (RTI), an application had been submitted to the Elections Commissioner by a persons who preferred to remain anonymous by using the name ‘Manawa’.
The anonymous application intends to seek information regarding Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship certificate and details of his old ID card which was cancelled after obtaining his dual citizenship and new ID, which was registered in the electoral register and used for voting in 2017, 2018 and 2019, which was challenged by two persons, which was rejected by the Appeals Court. Subsequently, many death threats were levelled against the petitioners over social media which was notified to the Election Commissioner through email.
The applicant named ‘Manawa’ had stated that he hopes his right to information as per the provisions of Sri Lanka’s Constitution and international conventions signed by Sri Lanka.
It further states that he hopes the Election Commission and its Chairman would treat this application as the need of the public and reveal the accurate information.

God Father


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[th]Gotabaya Rajapaksa[/th][th]Secretary to the Ministry of Defence & Urban Development[/th][th]President[/th][th]Prime Minister[/th][th]Preceded by[/th][th]Succeeded by[/th][th]Personal details[/th][th]Born[/th][th]Citizenship[/th][th]Nationality[/th][th]Spouse(s)[/th][th]Relations[/th][th]Children[/th][th]Parents[/th][th]Alma mater[/th][th]Military service[/th][th]Allegiance[/th][th]Branch/service[/th][th]Years of service[/th][th]Rank[/th][th]Unit[/th][th]Commands[/th][th]Battles/wars[/th][th]Awards[/th]
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa
In office
November 2005 – January 2015
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
D. M. Jayaratne
Major General
Asoka Jayawardena
B.M.U.D. Basnayake
Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa

20 June 1949 (age 70)
Weeraketiya, Dominion of Ceylon
Sri Lankan and American [1]
Sri Lankan and American [1]
Ayoma Rajapaksa
Mahinda Rajapaksa (brother)
Basil Rajapaksa (brother)
Chamal Rajapaksa (brother)
Manoj
D. A. Rajapaksa (father)
Dandina Rajapaksa (mother)
Ananda College
Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Army
1971–1992
Lieutenant colonel
Gajaba Regiment
1st Gajaba Regiment
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Eelam War I
Eelam War II
GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 20px-Rana_Wickrama_Padakkama_Bar  Rana Wickrama Padakkama
GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA - Page 2 20px-Rana_Sura_Padakkama_bar  Rana Sura Padakkama

Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa), UoC
Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP, psc, GR (Sinhala: ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ; born 20 June 1949) is a retired officer of the Sri Lanka Army, a former Secretary to Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka. After serving through the early parts of the country's civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, he retired from the army in 1992 and emigrated to the US. With the election of his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was appointed Defence Secretary in November 2005.
As Defence Secretary, Rajapaksa played a key role towards the successes achieved by the Sri Lankan Military in defeating the Tamil Tigers and ending Sri Lanka's 26-year-long civil war in May 2009 with the political leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the military strategy of General Sarath Fonseka.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He was also one of the top targets of the Tamil Tigers, and survived an assassination attempt in December 2006 by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber.[9]
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  • 1Early life
  • 2Military career
  • 3Post military career
  • 4Secretary to the Ministry of Defence

    • 4.1Attempted assassination

      • 4.1.1Karuna link


    • 4.2Criticism of United Nations and western countries
    • 4.3Controversies

      • 4.3.1Human Rights Violations
      • 4.3.2Relationship with the media
      • 4.3.3Corruption




  • 5From 2015

    • 5.1Alleged Assassination Plot
    • 5.2U.S Lawsuits
    • 5.3Presidential campaign

      • 5.3.1US citizenship row




  • 6See also
  • 7References
  • 8Further reading
  • 9External links


Gotabaya Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Matara District,[citation needed] as the 5th of nine siblings and brought up in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota.[citation needed] According to a writer called Narada Karunthilaka, the name Gotabaya means "Abhaya, the Giant" or "Chinna Kotta" in the Jat language.[10] He hails from a well-known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. His elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa was first elected to parliament as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the age of 24 in 1970, who gradually rose through the party ranks becoming the Leader of the Opposition in 2001, Prime Minister in 2004 and the President of Sri Lanka in 2005. Two of his other elder brothers, Chamal Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa, are also current Members of Parliament.
He obtained his primary and secondary education at Ananda College, Colombo.[11] He has also obtained a Postgraduate degree in Information Technology from the University of Colombo in 1992.[12]

Rajapaksa joined the Ceylon Army as a Cadet Officer on April 26, 1971, when Sri Lanka was still a dominion of the British Commonwealth. Following his basic officer training at the Army Training Centre, Diyatalawa, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 25, 1972 in the Ceylon Signals Corps. That year he followed the signal young officers course at the Military College of Signals, Rawalpindi. Thereafter he served with the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment and the Rajarata Rifles, when he was transferred to the Gajaba Regiment upon its formation in 1983 with the amalgamation of the Rajarata Rifles and Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment.[13] During this time he followed the Infantry company commanders course at the School of Infantry and Tactics, Queta in 1975 and attended the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Assam in 1980. In 1983, he attended the Command and Staff course at Defence Services Staff College in Wellington and gained a masters in Defence Studies from the University of Madras. 
On his return, he served as second in command of the 1st battalion, Gajaba Regiment with the rank of Major under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Vijaya Wimalaratne. The 1st Battalion was deployed to the Jaffna peninsula between 1983 to 1984 and again 1985 with the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War. He took part in Operation Liberation, the offensive mounted to liberate Vadamarachi from LTTE in 1987. In 1989 he was appointed commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Gajaba Regiment and served till 1990, commanding it in Operation "Strike Hard" and Operation Thrividha Balaya. During this time he attended the advanced infantry officers course at the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he served as Coordinating Officer for the Weli Oya area from 1990 to 1991, before taking up an appointment as the Coordinating Officer of the Matale District during the 1987–1989 JVP insurrection. In 1991 he was appointed Deputy Commandant of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy and held the position until his early retirement from the army in 1992.
During his 20 years of military service, Rajapaksa has received awards for gallantry from three Presidents of Sri Lanka, J.R. Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa and D.B. Wijetunga.[14]

Following his retirement, he read for a postgraduate diploma in information technology from the University of Colombo and joined Informatics, a IT firm based in Colombo as the Marketing Manager. He subsequently migrated to the United States in 1998 and worked in Loyola Law School[15] in Los Angeles, U.S. as a Systems Integrator and Unix SolarisAdministrator.[16]

In order to assist his brother's Presidential election campaign, Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka from the United States in 2005. He obtained a dual citizenship from Sri Lanka but kept his US citizenship.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was appointed to the post of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in November 2005 by newly elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In this capacity he oversaw the military operation which eventually defeated the LTTE in May 2009.
At the public acclaim as a "war hero," he was conferred Doctor of Letters by the University of Colombo on September 6, 2009.[17][18]
With his position, Rajapaksa also pursued projects like the Colombo Beautification Project, which revitalized public centers and parks in Colombo,[19] as well as many other development projects focused on places such as Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana, Ape Gama Park, Wetland Park, Nugegoda, Arcade Independence Square, Weras Ganga Park and Defence Headquarters Complex.[20][21][22][23] In 2011, the Ministry of Defence was renamed to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, having absorbed responsibilities related to urban development.[24]

On December 1, 2006, at approximately 10:35 an assassin attempted to drive an explosive laden auto-rikshaw into Rajapaksa's motorcade as it traveled through Kollupitiya, Colombo. The Sri Lanka Army Commandos guarding him obstructed the vehicle carrying the explosives before it reached Rajapakse's vehicle and two commandos were instantly killed. Rajapaksa escaped unhurt.[9] The LTTE were blamed for the attack.[9]

Gotabhaya is credited with using the Karuna faction effectively during the war to defeat the LTTE. The former LTTE commander Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, better known as Colonel Karuna, told British authorities that Rajapaksa was instrumental in arranging for him to be issued with a false diplomatic passport so that he could flee to Britain in September 2007. These allegations were denied by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the time,[25] and later by Rajapaksa.

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa during official tour of Brazil

In June 2007, Rajapaksa was severely critical of the United Nations (UN) and of western governments. He accused the UN of having been infiltrated by terrorists "for 30 years or so", and as a result the UN was fed incorrect information. He also alleged that Britain and the EU were bullying Sri Lanka, and concluded that Sri Lanka "does not need them", and that they don't provide any significant amount of aid to the country.[26] Ironically in 1990 his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa was caught attempting bring evidence of human rights violations to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the evidence was confiscated by the government during which Rajapaksa justified foreign intervention in Sri Lankan affairs. The person that demanded western nations to limit and put conditions on foreign aid was also Mahinda Rajapaksa.[27][28]

On 3 February 2009, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa stated to the international media (in reference to the only hospital in the war front being shelled), that everything is a legitimate target if it’s not within the safe zone the government has created and that all persons subject to attack by the armed forces were legitimate LTTE targets as there are no independent observers, only LTTE sympathizers, radio announcements were made and movement of civilians started a month and a half ago.[29][30]
As per wikileaks, General Sarath Fonseka who lead the war against LTTE had accused Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of ordering at the end of the war the shooting of any LTTE leaders who might try to surrender under flags of truce. But Mr. Gotabhaya alleged to have threaten to execute Mr. Fonseka if he had spilled any war secrets.[31] [32] [33]
In an interview on the Sri Lanka TV channel adaderana on March 16, 2015, Mr Rajapaksa stated that he is a citizen of the United States but cannot travel to the United States because of alleged war crimes charges against him.[34] However, Rajapaksa visited the United States in 2016 and two Tamil groups have urged the United States government to arrest and prosecute him.[35] Sri Lankan government rejected to support the call to arrest Rajapaksa by Tamil groups.[36]
As reported by The Sunday Leader, Major General Prasad Samarasinghe, the former military spokesman and director of the Directorate of Media in the army, has been passing highly sensitive information to the US Embassy in Colombo on abductions. Many of those abducted were believed to have been individuals who had fallen foul of the Rajapaksa trio, Mahinda, Basil and Gotabhaya. During her visit to the country, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navanetham Pillay expressed her disappointment over “white van” related disappearances reported in Colombo, and other parts of the country, which were not covered by the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances set up by the government.[37][38][39]
Investigations on the 2008 abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr resulted in a White Van being discovered in 2017 March from a house at Piliyandala with connections to an Army Major that was believed to have been used for the abduction. Police believes that the van may have been used for other crimes as well as being part of the operation to murder Lasantha Wickrematunge.[40] A few weeks after the Keith noyahr abduction in 2008 Namal Perera a course coordinator at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism was violently attacked by a gang that came in the same White Van with a fake number plate and attempted to abduct him after attacking his car but was foiled by residents and heavy traffic. Namal Perera identified two of his would-be-killers Duminda Weeraratne and Hemachandra Perera in April 2017.[41]
Bandara Bulathwattewas a key suspect in the murder of Lasantha was given a diplomatic post in Thailand at the request of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa near the 2010 presidential election. The letter sent bt Gotabhaya was prepared in haste and even a bio data of Bulathwatte was not attached despite it being a requirement for him to get his visa and have the appointment regularised by the foreign ministry. But after the elections Gotabhaya requested his departure to be postponed claiming a urgent matter regarding national security. Technical evidence and telephone records have placed Bulathwatte at the location where Lasantha was killed as well as in the places where other journalists were attacked.[42] Investigations on assassinations, abductions and assaults on journalist after the fall of the Rajapaksa government revealed that Gotabhaya directed a death squad to attack journalists that was outside the Army command structure during this time 17 journalists and media workers were killed and others were either assaulted or abducted.[43][44][45][46]
Nadarajah Raviraj, a well-known human-rights lawyer and a parliamentarian, was shot and killed in Colombo on 10 November 2006. At a magisterial hearing in Colombo on 26 February 2016, Liyanarachchi Abeyrathna, a former policer officer attached to the State Intelligence Agency, stated that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa paid Rs. 50 million to a terror organization led by Colonel Karuna to murder Mr. Raviraj.[47][48]

Rajapaksa has been accused of threatening journalists on several occasions, including telling two journalists attached to the state-owned Lake House Publications that unless they stop criticising the armed forces "what will happen to you is beyond my control". When asked by the two journalists if he was threatening them, he replied "I am definitely not threatening your lives. Our services are appreciated by 99 per cent of the people. They love the Army Commander (General Sarath Fonseka) and the Army. There are Sri Lankan patriots who love us do and will do what is required if necessary."[49] In April 2007 he was accused of allegedly calling the Editor of the Daily Mirror Champika Liyanaarachchi and threatening her, saying that she would escape reprisals only if she resigned.[50] He was also accused for threatening to "exterminate" the Daily Mirror journalist Uditha Jayasinghe for writing articles about the plight of civilian war casualties.[51][52][53]
A December 5, 2008 story from The New York Times quoted his news reporting position as "he insists that journalists should not be allowed to report anything that demoralizes the war effort".[54]
In the editorial titled A brother out of control (August 16, 2011), The Hindu raised the observation, "President Rajapaksa would be well advised to distance himself swiftly from his brother's stream-of-consciousness on sensitive issues that are not his business. This includes an outrageous comment that because a Tamil woman, an “LTTE cadre” who was a British national, interviewed in the Channel 4 documentary was “so attractive” but had been neither raped nor killed by Sri Lankan soldiers, the allegation of sexual assault by soldiers could not be true. For this statement alone, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa must be taken to task."[55]
In 2015 May, The Sunday Leader tendered an unconditional apology to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for a series of articles regarding the purchase of MIG 27 airplanes for the Sri Lanka Air Force.[56][57]

Deceased MP Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, assassinated journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and others had accused Rajapaksa of corruption since 2006.[58][59] In 2015 Interpolprovided further evidence to the Sri Lankan government on corrupt military procurements.[60][61][62][63] In March 2015 a Sri Lankan court imposed a travel ban on Rajapaksa over allegations he used a commercial floating armory as a private arsenal.[64][65] The travel ban was lifted by the court on December 2016.[66] His son is also accused of illegally occupying a house rented for a consulate in Los Angeles and caused millions of rupees in losses to the state.[67] Rajapaksa rejected the allegations regarding occupying a house rented for a consulate in LA.[68]

After the defeat of Mahinda in the 2015 Presidential elections, he was replaced as Secretary of Defence by B.M.U.D. Basnayake a day after the new President was sworn in.[69]
It was widely speculated and even claimed by several politicians that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would be contesting the 2020 elections. However this was denied by Rajapaksa but claimed that he will accept if he was offered the candidacy.[70][71]
On 26 April 2019 he confirmed that he will be contesting the presidential election.[72]
In 2019 May, Former Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the Obama Administration, Robert O. Blake Jr. praised Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the management of the intelligence services during and post war.[73][74]

In September, 2018 Director of the Anti Corruption Movement revealed a conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa because the duo are against the drug trade. CID of Sri lanka Police currently investigating the issue.[75][76]

In April 2019 Ahimsa Wickrematunge the daughter of Lasantha Wickrematunge filed a lawsuit against Rajapaksa in the state of California. Rajapaksa,while on vacation in the United States was served notice of two civil lawsuits.

Main article: 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election
On 11 August 2019, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be their candidate for the 2019 Presidential election.[77]

Some political parties including the ruling UNP accused him for having American citizenship and claimed that he stayed and lived in America for more than ten years and revealed that he was not a Sri Lankan citizen. Gotabhaya was also pressurised to not to contest at the Presidential elections because of holding dual citizenship. Further he was alleged to have carried a duplicate Sri Lankan passport with him and court cases were pending against him over the citizenship issue and the issue regarding his passport.[78]Former President and the elder brother of Gotabhaya, Mahinda Rajapaksa was also accused of using his executive powers to grant his brother, the Sri Lankan citizenship after commencing his first term as President in November 2005. The judge of the supreme court gave verdict on the former's pending court cases on 4 October 2019, dismissed the petition challenging Gotabhaya's citizenship and cleared him of all the allegations levelled against him.[79][80] He was also allowed to contest at the elections but didn't take part in the debate among Presidential candidates which was held on 5 October 2019, was also historically Sri Lanka's first ever debate to have been conducted among Presidential candidates for an upcoming election.[81]

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