Mahinda Rajapaksa, her son-in-law Namal and 15 allies are unable to leave the island due to violence against anti-government protesters.
A Sri Lankan court has banned former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, his son-in-law Namal and 15 allies from leaving the country over violence against anti-government protesters.
The magistrate in the main city of Colombo on Thursday ordered police to investigate Monday’s mob. attacks on peaceful protesters, prompting retaliation. Nine people were killed in the violence and towns suffered widespread destruction.
A petition to the court also requested an arrest warrant for Rajapaksa and his associates, a court official told the AFP news agency.
“But the magistrate rejected it because the police still have the power to arrest any suspect,” the official added.
Victims of Monday’s violence say Rajapaksa and his key aides bused some 3,000 of his supporters to the capital and instigated them to attack peaceful protesters.
The loyalist mob came out of their residence and attacked the anti-government protesters with sticks and clubs.
Buddhist monks and Catholic priests were among at least 225 people hospitalized after the attack.
Retaliation soon spread across the country, with dozens of homes of Rajapaksa loyalists torched.
The 76-year-old former leader is currently holed up in a naval facility in the east of the island.
His son, former minister Namal, told AFP on Tuesday that the family had no intention of leaving the country.
Meanwhile, Mahinda’s younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is set to name a new prime minister on Thursday, with five-time former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe the favorite.