A mainstream Sinhala language daily today carried in its front page, a story quoting Gotabaya Rajapaksa currently in Singapore allegedly recovering from his heart surgery. The headline read “I am well now: Will be ready for Presidential election as soon as I return to Sri Lanka”.
Gotabaya is said to have gone through an Open Heart surgery in Singapore was ‘mandated a six week rest period’ following the procedure. This was stated by PC Ali Sabry when his client was a no-show at the first hearing of the D A Rajapaksa Museum trial on June 19th.
Given Gotabaya’s health has failed him to a level that he cannot even fly to Sri Lanka before the end of the six week period, it is confusing as to how he will enter and keep up with the stress of being at the center of a presidential race.
He had told the MP delegation led by Prasanna Ranatunga who visited him in Singapore, that he will not back down and will face any challenge.
The Court granted permission for Gota to travel overseas for medical treatment with effect from May 24 until June 2.
However, through a special motion filed by PC Sabry on June 3, the Court was informed his client was unable to return to Sri Lanka as mandated by the Court, due to having undergone heart surgery in Singapore.