Fleeing Rajapaksa’s money handed to Sri Lankan police
COLOMBO: Hundreds of thousands of rupees in money left behind by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa when he fled his official residence within the capital shall be handed over to courtroom on Monday, police mentioned.
Protesters found 17.85 million rupees (about $50,000) in crisp new banknotes however turned it over to police following Saturday’s storming of the Presidential palace.
“The money was taken over by the police and shall be produced in courtroom at the moment,” a police spokesman mentioned.
Official sources mentioned a suitcase filled with paperwork had additionally been left behind on the stately mansion.
Rajapaksa took up residence on the two-century-old constructing after he was pushed out of his non-public dwelling on March 31 when protesters tried to storm it.
The 73-year-old chief escaped by means of a again door underneath escort from naval personnel and was taken away by boat, heading to the northeast of the island, official sources informed AFP.
His precise whereabouts weren’t recognized Monday morning, however Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe mentioned Rajapaksa had formally knowledgeable him of his intention to resign.
The 73-year-old Wickremesinghe will mechanically grow to be appearing president within the occasion of Rajapaksa’s resignation, however has himself introduced his willingness to step down if consensus is reached on forming a unity authorities.
Rajapaksa had already informed parliamentary Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana that he’ll stop on Wednesday to permit a “peaceable transition”, hours after he was pressured out of his official residence.
Tens of 1000’s of protesters captured Rajapaksa’s sea-front workplace shortly after overrunning the palace on Saturday.
Protesters had been tenting exterior the Presidential Secretariat for over three months demanding his resignation over the nation’s unprecedented financial disaster.
Rajapaksa is accused of mismanaging the economic system to a degree the place the nation has run out of overseas trade to finance even probably the most important imports resulting in extreme hardships for the 22 million inhabitants.
Hundreds of women and men on Monday continued to occupy the state buildings that they had taken over on the weekend, vowing to stay till Rajapaksa steps down.
The roads resulting in the palace had been choked with tens of 1000’s of individuals on Sunday visiting the mansion that had beforehand been the nation’s most tightly-guarded constructing.
An effigy of Rajapaksa was held on a clock tower close to the palace.
The protesters are additionally demanding the resignation of Wickremesinghe, an opposition legislator who was made premier in Could to try to lead the nation out of its financial disaster.
Sri Lanka defaulted on its $51 billion overseas debt in April and is in talks with the IMF for a potential bailout.
Sri Lanka has almost exhausted its already scarce provides of petrol. The federal government has ordered the closure of non-essential places of work and faculties to scale back commuting and save gas.