COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day after the country’s bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to explain their actions while in power.
The protesters said Tuesday that the summons was an affront to the brothers who were instrumental in ending a 26-year civil war.
Rajapaksa was asked to appear before the commission to explain why he gave a ministerial position last year to an opposition leader soon after he defected to support Rajapaksa’s presidential re-election campaign. Rajapaksa’s rivals say handing out the ministerial position was a bribe.
His brothers, former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, were also summoned over allegations of financial irregularities.