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Gota has certificate to prove he has renounced US citizenship: Gammanpila

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sufficient evidence to prove that he had renounced the US citizenship while the omission of his name in the list published as at June 30, 2019, is of no importance as per the law of that country, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday.

“According to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which enforces the law in the US with regard to renunciation of US citizenship, the document one could use to prove that he has renounced the US citizenship is not the list which is made public but the certificate issued by the US State Department,” Gammanpila said.

"The omission of Mr. Rajapaksa's name from the list of those renounced US citizenship as at June 30 this year, is an issue which the US Government should deal with", he added.

Addressing a news briefing, he said many were attempting to spread the rumour that Mr. Rajapaksa was not eligible to contest at the presidential election as he had not yet renounced US citizenship.


He affirmed that the former Defence Secretary had the certificate proving he had renounced US citizenship.

He said the US State Department had confirmed on May 3, 2019, that Mr. Rajapaksa had renounced US citizenship.

“It was also certified on April 17, 2019, that Mr Rajapaksa was no longer a US citizen,” Gammanpila said.

According to a document issued by the US Internal Revenue Service, the name of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate was not in the list of those renounced US citizenship as at June 30 this year.

Earlier, it was reported that Mr.Rajapaksa received the final document from the US State Department over renunciation of his US Citizenship in May this year. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  Comments - 21

  • raj Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:24 PM

    Says the person who is famous for preparing false documents.

    CITIZEN Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:30 PM

    Is that a certificate prepared by you? You are an Expert of forgery. You may have altered the Certificate of Receipt to "Certificate of Release"! If you have it in possession why hesitate to show???

    Roy Timms Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:53 PM

    Hora certificate.

    Samson Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:20 PM

    There is nothing to argue, just produce and silence the people.

    sss Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:38 PM

    A Sri Lanka politician mentioned "Law' - LoL. They are very law abiding. For example when MP ramanayake said in the parliament that the names of the people who got bogus bank loans from state bank, politicians from both parties said it is illegal

    Jayantha Sumanadasa Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:47 PM

    If he has a valid certificate, why doesn't he show it to the public?

    Got-To Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:22 PM

    Either keep your mouth or show it!!!

    Kalu Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:03 PM

    So show

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:28 PM

    Did you print in Sri Lanka...

    Champa Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:42 PM

    Hora certificate, like his O/L certificate.

    Buddhist Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:00 PM

    That certificate must be a forgery like the one which was published or like the forged stock sales document that you used.

    Concern Lankan Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:31 PM

    Mr, Gammanpila, You politicians try to fool the people all the time. If his name is not on the list, then his application for renouncing his US citizenship has still not been approved. This is the USA, they are not going to OMIT his name ONLY from this list, What do you think? they too operate like the KOTTE (Parliament) Politicians? You are wrong Mr.

    Ajith Nissanka Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:56 PM

    The problem is how to prove the authenticity of this so called certificate. If he has been revoked the citizenship his name should be included in the recently published Federal List as it includes all the names of the persons who renounced US citizenship during the period of April 1 and June 30th. US government don't do mistakes as you are saying. Therefore your claim must be challenged in the court.

    Demuni de silva Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:18 PM

    Let Gota tell the current status of US citizenship at a press conference early.

    TONY Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:21 PM


    Adwani Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:27 PM


    Lalith Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:10 PM

    Is this like Trump’s Tax return? It’s available but won’t show?

    Sam Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:19 PM

    And I have a certificate that says that I’m the prince of Persia. That is not the issue, isn’t it? The question is whether the US knows that Gota is not their citizen anymore.

    Sofia Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:41 PM

    He has document acknowledging his renunciation details as submitted but not the real Certificate of Acceptance of Renunciation by USA. Two different things.

    Julampitiye Amaraya Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:42 PM

    Even LOWyers( so called Lawyers) got certificates certified by some universities to claim that they are LOWYERS. So they educated to governe our ILLANKA FOOLS.

    Hssdj Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:59 PM

    Was it made in kathankuddy?.

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