Kumar Gunaratnam granted Sri Lankan citizenship

The Department of Immigration and  Emigration says that Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) politburo member Kumar Gunaratnam has been granted Sri Lankan citizenship effective from February 01, 2017.

The former JVP politburo member, who was arrested in November 2015 for violating immigration and emigration laws after arriving in the country on tourist visa, was released from the Anuradhapura Prison after the completion of his one year prison sentence on December 2, 2016.  

Gunaratnam, who reportedly also holds Australian citizenship, had arrived in Sri Lanka from Australia on January 01, 2015, just days before the last Presidential Election.  

He had arrived in the island on a 30-day tourist visa which expired on January 31, 2015 but had continued to stay in the country.  

Gunaratnam was sentenced to one year imprisonment and fined Rs 50,000 by the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court on March 31, 2016.  

He had been deported from the country in 2013 for entering the country on a false passport carrying another name.