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President Rajapaksa Tries to Flee Sri Lanka as Calls for Criminal Charges Grow

HeadlineJul 12, 2022

In Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly made a failed attempt to flee the country ahead of his resignation set for Wednesday. Agence France-Presse reports the president may now use a navy patrol boat to flee the island nation, which is facing a major economic crisis and saw thousands of protesters storm the president’s home Saturday and set fire to the prime minister’s residence. Rajapaksa is immune from arrest while he is still president, and may be trying to leave in order to avoid being detained. He is accused of war crimes during his time as defense minister and of bankrupting Sri Lanka with massive corruption and economic mismanagement that’s left millions of people with shortages of food, fuel and electricity. In the capital Colombo, restaurants used firewood to prepare meals on Monday.

Abdul Kasim: “We cook using wood. There is no cooking gas here. It has been 15 days, and the authorities said the cooking gas would be made available, but it has not arrived yet.”

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