Sri Lankan Airport Officials Thwart President’s Brother From Leaving Country

Sri Lankan Airport Officials Thwart President’s Brother From Leaving Country

Basil Rajapaksa, the former finance minister and brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, attempted to leave Sri Lanka but was thwarted by airport staff, as the country waited to see whether the president would follow through on a commitment to resign on Wednesday.

Basil Rajapaksa sought to board an Emirates flight to Washington, D.C., via Dubai, early Tuesday through a VIP departure lounge at Colombo’s main international airport, immigration officials said. But in a show of how far public sentiment has soured against the Rajapaksa family over the dire state of the economy, staff at the lounge walked off the job, leaving the former minister unable to clear immigration.

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