Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s international travel ban has been lifted by a Sri Lankan court.


A Sri Lankan court has lifted a travel ban that had been imposed on former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Colombo High Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Rajapaksa, who was prime minister from 2004 to 2015, to travel abroad, ruling that the travel restrictions imposed by the police were unlawful.

Rajapaksa had sought relief from the court after the police imposed a travel ban on him in December last year.

The court ruled that the police had acted unlawfully in imposing the travel ban, as Rajapaksa had not been accused of any criminal act and his passport had not been impounded.

Rajapaksa’s lawyers had argued that the travel ban was politically motivated, as the former prime minister had been critical of the government’s handling of the country’s economy.

Rajapaksa had also argued that the travel restrictions were preventing him from traveling abroad to seek medical treatment.

The court’s ruling is likely to be welcomed by Rajapaksa’s supporters, who have been calling for the travel ban to be lifted.