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Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa denied US visa, flees to the Maldives via jet

  • Deposed Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly fled to the Maldives with his family on a military jet, days after being denied a visitor's visa by the U.S. embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Rajapaksa had requested a visa to travel to California over the weekend after fleeing the presidential palace, which was stormed by angry protesters on Sunday.
  • “It was made very clear to him that there will be no visa for him,” a representative from the embassy was quoted by SBS as saying. “He could go there as a head of state without a visa, but the current circumstances are different.”
  • Rajapaksa and his brother’s earlier attempt to flee the country was also foiled by airport staff and angry locals who blocked them from boarding a flight to Dubai.
  • On Wednesday, the country’s air force confirmed that Rajapaksa had flown to the Maldives with his wife and two security officials.

Deposed Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly flew to the Maldives on a military jet, days after being denied a visitor’s visa by the U.S. embassy in Colombo. 

Rajapaksa, who fled the presidential palace after it was stormed by angry protesters on Saturday, had requested a visa to travel to California over the weekend.