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Gotabaya Rajapaksa not granted any privileges or immunities by Singapore government: minister

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Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s short-term pass has been extended until August 11, reports say

Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s short-term pass has been extended until August 11, reports say

Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled his country amid massive protests against his government last month, did not enjoy any privileges, immunities or hospitality, said Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan .

Mr. Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on July 13 and reached Singapore the following day in the face of popular revolt against his government’s mismanagement of the economy.

The 73-year-old leader sent his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament on July 14, shortly after Singapore was allowed to enter the city-state for a “private visit”.

“In general, the Singapore government does not grant privileges, immunity and hospitality to former heads of state or heads of government,” Balakrishnan said in a written response to a question in parliament on Monday.

“Therefore, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not granted any privilege, immunity or hospitality,” he wrote in response to a question from parliamentarian Gerald Giam of the opposition Workers’ Party.

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Responding to a question from ruling People’s Action Party MP Yip Hon Weng over concerns that Singapore is becoming a “destination for political fugitives”, Home and Law Minister K Shanmugam said: ” Foreigners who possess a valid travel document and meet the entry requirements will be permitted to enter Singapore. Of course, we also reserve the right to refuse entry to a foreigner if we believe it is in our national interest. “If a foreigner entering Singapore is wanted by their government and their government has made a request, the government will provide assistance in accordance with our laws,” Mr Shanmugam said.

Mr Shanmugam added that travelers transiting through Singapore had “technically not entered” the country if they remained in the transit area and did not clear immigration.

“It’s international law. Nevertheless, if we are aware of the presence of undesirable people, we can always control them and take appropriate action,” Channel said. Asia News quoted Mr Shanmugam in parliament.

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The government may grant additional security based on the current and previous status of any person, taking into account the safety and security risk that may be posed to the person and the general public, the minister said.

According to reports, Mr Rajapaksa’s short-term pass has been extended until August 11.

Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said last week that visitors from Sri Lanka entering Singapore for social visits will generally be issued a short-term pass of one maximum duration of 30 days.

Those who need to extend their stay here can request an extension online and requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, he said.