Basil Rajapaksa

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Basil Rohana Rajapaksha
MP
Basil Rajapaksa.JPG
Former Cabinet Minister of
Economic Development
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 April 2010 to 9 January 2015
Preceded by Ranil Wickramasinghe
Personal details
Born Sri Lanka
Citizenship  United States
Nationality Sri Lankan American
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
affiliations
United National Party
Criminal charge
Misappropriation of State Funds allocated to Public Housing Construction
Criminal status Pending Trial
Spouse(s) Pushpa Rajapaksa
Children Thejani, Bimalka, Asanka
Residence California United States of America
Alma mater Isipathana College , Ananda College
Religion Buddhist
Website Official Website

Basil Rohana Rajapaksa (known as Basil Rajapaksa) is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of parliament for the Gampaha District. He was the previous National Organizer of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and former Cabinet Minister of Economic Development in President Mahinda Rajapakse's Government. He served as a presidential senior advisor and member of parliament from the national list in the first Rajapaksa administration. He was elected to parliament in April 2010, obtaining the highest number of preferential votes in the county at the 2010 general election. Rajapaksa was subsequently appointed Cabinet Minister of Economic Development.[1] He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. He is a younger brother of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and another brother, Gothabaya Rajapaksa, was the powerful defense secretary in the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. Furthermore, his older brother serves as the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He had his secondary education at Isipathana College and Ananda College Colombo. On 11 January 2015, immediately after Mahinda Rajapksa lost the presidential election, Basil Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka to the United States,[2] where he is a naturalized citizen.


Political career[edit]

At the 1977 General Elections, he contested Mulkirigala Electorate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party but was defeated.[3] Basil Rajapaksa later Campaigned for first executive President J.R. Jayewardene against SLFP in 1982 Referendum and later joined the United National Party,[4] May 1983 Mulkirigala by- election he campaigned for UNP and worked as UNP election agent.[5] Later he worked under Gamini Dissanayake and left to the United States soon after Ranasinghe Premadasa’s impeachment collapsed.

Rajapaksa has gained enormous experience over the years, which would lead him to lead the country. He has got a historical victory number of votes (400000 +) in parliamentary election 2010. During the war against Tamil tigers (LTTE), Basil Rajapaksa played a major role to control the political stability to his brother President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is accused of striking a deal with the LTTE to bring his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa to power.[6][7][8] As per WikiLeaks, Basil Rajapaksa has undermined the security forces several times with the US Ambassador Robert O.Blake and Patricia A. Butenis between October 2006 and November 2009.[9][10][11]

Election Defeat and Arrest[edit]

After Mahinda Rajapaksa's defeat at the presidential election - 2015 Sri Lanka on 8 January 2015, Basil Rajapaksa and his wife fled the country for the US using the VIP channel at the Badaranaike International Airport on 10 January 2015.[12] The Sri Lankan government has requested Interpol assistance to probe Basil Rajapaksa over alleged mass financial fraud committed while he was a key minister of the government.[13] A Sri Lankan court has issued an order to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division to arrest Mr. Rajapaksa on immediate arrival to Sri Lanka. [14] He returned to Sri Lanka on 21 April 2015. [15] On 22 April 2015, after several hours of questioning, Mr Rajapaksa was arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities for misappropriation of funds. [16]

Family[edit]

He is married to Pushpa Rajapaksa and has three children, Thejani, Bimalka and Asanka.[citation needed]

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