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Sri Lankan court extends stay of legal action against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has once more extended an interim injunction which prevents police from pursuing legal action against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The decision marks the third consecutive time that the order has been issued, preventing the Financial Crime Investigations Division (FCID) from taking any legal action. ColomboPage reports the court’s decision was made “despite the objections of the Attorney General”.

The former defence secretary is accused of misappropriating public funds in constructing the DA Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana.

Mr Rajapaksa oversaw the military offensive during the final phase of the armed conflict, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were massacred.