Sri Lanka bars former defence secretary from leaving country

A Sri Lankan on Monday temporarily banned a former defence secretary from leaving the country over an ongoing investigation.

Gotabaya Rajapakse, who was the country’s defence secretary during the previous government headed by his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapakse, is currently under probe for his alleged links with two security firms, Xinhua news agency reported.

He was questioned by the police at his residence in the capital Colombo last month over his alleged links with the armouries maintained by the Avant-Garde security firm and Rakna Lanka Limited, another security firm.

The court also issued an order to former navy commander Somathilake Dissanayake and two others restraining them from travelling abroad over the Avant-Garde probe.

Avant-Garde and Rakna Lanka are private security firms that provide security to ships against Somali pirates.

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