50 Lankans deported from UK

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At least 50 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, who were deported from Britain, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last morning on an overnight charter flight, the police said.

An official of the Airport Immigration Department confirmed that the 50 persons including eight women from the United Kingdom (UK) had arrived and investigations have already commenced at the Airport.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) confirmed that currently statements were being recorded from them by a special team from the CID.

“We were just recording statements from them, once the procedure is over we will allow them to go soon,” a senior officer of the CID said.

“We are not going to arrest them or detain them. We need to take valuable information that we have to record in our files”, he added

The State Intelligence Service (SIS) is also assisting the CID to record the statements from the deported asylum seekers, the police said.

It is also the second such batch of asylum seekers that was deported back to Sri Lanka by a Western country notably from the United Kingdom. Some of the asylum seekers are suspected for having links with the LTTE. The first such batch comprising 44 persons was deported to the island on June 17.

International Human Rights groups, especially Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticised Britain for deporting the asylum seekers who are mainly Tamils saying that they may not be safe on their return.

British authorities have stated that it only undertakes returns to Sri Lanka when it is satisfied that the individual has no protection needs. (Supun Dias) Pix by Deepa-Adikaree




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  • Gabriel Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:10 PM

    Well Said Sir, Salute you !

    lankaman Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:23 PM

    very true

    tuan Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:45 PM

    i agree with u brother, this is prob with our majority for
    main cause, we all are sri lankans whatever the religion
    and cast. treat all communities equally give all our rights.
    our country will be a peaceful one on the earth for sure.

    Henry Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:52 PM

    They are no longer refugees of UK. Treat them humanely and try to obtain information as to how they got to UK. Who provided money, who supported their journey to UK and any supportive links. But treat them like human beings not second class citizens. Good luck!
    Henry

    Sue Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:56 PM

    Welcome back guys. Whatever it is, this is your country and no one can deport you from here. Be proud of that and be happy at least from now on.

    Roy Thursday, 29 September 2011 02:03 PM

    I feel sorry for theses guys from the bottom of my heart, they have sold lands pawned Jewellery etc, imagine if it happens to you folks!

    ila Thursday, 29 September 2011 02:04 PM

    To prevent futher Tamil refugees fleeing from Sri Lanka, the UN should send its peace keeping forces to North and East part of Sri Lanka to protect Tamils from crimes against humanity. Once UN forces are placed, there is no reason for Tamils to leave Sri Lanka.

    Thomas Thursday, 29 September 2011 06:22 AM

    Welcome back to the Mother Land. Have a nice day

    imran Thursday, 29 September 2011 06:35 AM

    Land like no other

    Paul Thursday, 29 September 2011 06:38 AM

    How many Tamils ? Sinhalease and Muslims ?

    shaham Thursday, 29 September 2011 06:39 AM

    welcome back SriLankans............ big dreams short lived.......... no issues we are now recruiting individuals for our unopened Matara Highway..... can find something there..... atleast.....

    Sinnavi Thursday, 29 September 2011 06:49 AM

    Hope you will be treated fairly by Defence Secretary.

    Arun Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:44 PM

    Well come back folks!!!!!

    Sri Lanka is a peace full land now... u can live here with piece....

    chandra Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:33 AM

    It is immaterial. Only should know whether they are currently having link with LTTE?

    Piratheepan Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:35 AM

    Do not devide the people ethnicaly, all are SRILANKAN, this is the main cause of proplem in SL

    TMA Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:37 AM

    Cheating is short lived. If U wanna live abroad, do it in the right legal way

    Dammika Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:45 AM

    You can join the Hambanthota Dream

    Mangala Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:25 AM

    Well, they were used by intl orgs and govs. Why they went there? because Uk and other west gov's providing asylem. Who sent them? the agents, LTTE, freinds, relatives. Most important to keep everyones mind, WEST will use anyone for their agendas and try every dirty way. SL GOV should keep track of those who returned and safe guard them (not because of love to them-but because this is a bate west send here) If something happens to these guys all west and ngos will start to cry.

    Ranjitdea Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:27 AM

    Defence secretary has better things to do. He did and is doing a great job for Sri Lanka

    Murugan Swamy Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:31 AM

    The first thing the would have loved to do is to visit Sri Lanka the day after a permenent stay was granted.. but many other in th UK succeeded

    rajthas Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:35 AM

    very sad.

    Rohan Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:39 AM

    Don't make fun out of them, help them to live a better life and teach a lesson to LTTE supporters,

    kumar Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:44 AM

    the sri lankan govt should not accept any SL refugees from any country especially from the west.let them stay in those countries and ask those govts to look after them,when these type comes back they will be a burden on the SL.We should allow these eco refugees to roam in those countries and be a parasite to those societies,as it has proved lot of them are criminals,such as credit card scammers,murders,basically they are the scum of society so let them be looked after by the HRW,AI,MPs who says SL in not a safe country etc

    vasanthie Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:45 AM

    Let us trean them like Srilankans with fair treatment.

    Saman Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:45 AM

    Roll the red carpet out people, failed asylum seekers are comming! Many more will return soon!

    rashan Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:50 AM

    welcome brothers and sisters...after all this is our land!


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