Proceedings against Sri Lanka’s ex-president Rajapaksa allowed

In this Oct 7, 2019 file photo, former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (ERANGA JAYAWARDENA / AP)

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka's top court has granted permission for proceedings against former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the rights group which filed the case against him said in a statement on Friday.

The court also agreed to allow proceedings against the country's former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, its former finance minister and two of its former central bank governors.

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The case, filed by rights group Transparency International, calls for accountability for the island nation's leadership for its worst financial crisis in more than seven decades.

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