Britisher lived here for 24 years without a VISA

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A Britisher, who had pleaded guilty to the charge of having lived in Sri Lanka for 24 years after the expiry of his VISA was fined Rs.50,000 and sentenced to a month in jail in case of non-payment of the fine imprisonment in default of the fine by Bandarawela Magisrate Jeyaram Troskey.

 

The Prisons Superintendent was directed to handover the convict David Higgto the Mirihana illicit immigrant’s camp after serving the jail term in case of default.

 

Ella Police OIC L.D.N. Karunaratne arrested the Britisher while he was at a tourist hotel. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

Pix by Palitha Ariyawansa

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  • ANTON Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:39 AM

    HE SHOULD BE GIVEN A VERY GOOD PRESENT AND HONOR, "SREE VIDEYSHEE BOOSHANA".

    clueless Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:07 PM

    He has come to sri lanka during Premadasa era. was he made persano nongrata?

    prakash Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:08 PM

    He lived for 24 years .........The immig officers should be taken to task for letting him live that long with a valid visa.

    TONY Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:47 AM

    OUR COUNTRY A HAVEN

    yajiv Friday, 21 November 2014 03:00 PM

    Perhaps his love for Sri Lanka was so great that he forgot he was on a visit some 24 years ago.He should pay the fine appeal his sentence.

    asoka Friday, 21 November 2014 07:14 PM

    what a country to stay illegally for 24 years...

    LEWIS JOHANNA CHRISTY Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:40 PM

    OVER THOUSANDS OF SRILANKANS LIVING IN UK WITHOUT VALID VISA.THEY ARE NOT DEPORTED UNLESS THEY GET INVOLVED IN ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES IN THAT COUNTRY.MILLIONS OF FOREIGN CURRENCY EARNED BY OUR COUNTRY.AS A HUMANITARIAN GROUND WE MUST HANDLE THIS AFFAIR CAUTIOUSLY . WE MUST PARDON HIM AND ALLOW HIM TO STAY OR SEND HIM BACK WITH RESPECT.

    LOYAL Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:54 AM

    Give him citizenship so many lankans are given Citizenship in UK

    Tony Fernandez Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:18 PM

    Very good suggestion

    ravi Friday, 21 November 2014 08:22 AM

    come back to UK..thank for you living last 24 years in sir Lanka....good people arresting bad people relish in my country....... 5 Indian bad peoples are relish under president order..m....f

    Mohan Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:23 PM

    It is better to give him citizenship than give the pakistani and afghanis

    DaluBanda Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:21 PM

    if he is not a spy, why should we disturb his innocent life.

    Nims Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:22 PM

    Just offer him PR if he was not involved in type of illegal matters during his stay

    dihan Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:34 PM

    give that man a cookie...

    Dammika Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:35 PM

    Why harass him .... if he is not a criminal ... at least he will promote the country. Let him have the citizenship

    Janka Friday, 21 November 2014 01:29 PM

    Should give him an award for wanting to live in our country that long!!

    Jayasinghe Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:29 PM

    employ him as an English teacher to teach English for students. Accent is very important.

    dave Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:31 PM

    You must give him a citizenship- 25 years is not a joke.

    Lorenz Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:39 PM

    I second that

    silva Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:53 PM

    Make him the common presidential candidate.

    Maya Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:19 PM

    Well, old habit die hard!His ancestors came and lived and ruled is for centuries!

    rosebud Friday, 21 November 2014 06:06 PM

    What was immigration dept doing for 24 years-- sleeping via DM Android App

    Mimi Friday, 21 November 2014 05:47 AM

    I wonder why he decided to stay 24 years without a visa? Sri Lanka is not a county that would refuse an individual status who is willing to pay tax etc. So once again what might be the reasons why he was living illegally?

    EXKOM Friday, 21 November 2014 06:13 PM

    because he is living here without permission

    The God Father Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:06 PM

    Get a psychological assessment , i think he is insane.

    Observer Friday, 21 November 2014 06:58 AM

    Like wise, there are thousands of Sri Lankans in other countries illegally.

    Anticleon Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:30 AM

    Better give him citizenship

    Luxman Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:34 PM

    Give him atleast a PR as long as he is not a burden to SL.

    Amila Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:00 PM

    It is very inappropriate to show his picture here. It is an insult for him, though we do this to boast that Britishers love to be here


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