May 05, 2017

Won't give up US citizenship - Basil Featured

Former minister Basil Rajapaksa says he is not prepared to give up his US citizenship.

He said so during an interview with BBC Sinhala Service on Facebook Live last night (04).

His remark comes after the court of appeal ruled against Geetha Kumarasinghe, a citizen of Sri Lanka and Switzerland, holding a MP position.

Both Basil and his brother Gotabhaya, ex-defence secretary, are holders of US and Sri Lankan citizenships.

The 19th amendment to the constitution prevents a dual citizenship holder from contesting elections.

Basil charged the amendment had been adopted to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa and him from contesting elections.

Watch full dialogue with Basil Rajapaksa :