Lankans get amnesty

23 July 2010 09:44 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Hundreds of Sri Lankans living in Lebanon illegally have been given a three month grace period to return to Sri Lanka without facing a penalty, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Lebanon M. Mahroof told Daily Mirror online.

The envoy aid that the grace follows negotiations he had with the Interior Minister of the country adding that notices will now be published informing all Sri Lankans of the offer.

“According to the Lebanese law those overstaying must pay over US $ 200 as penalties. But now Sri Lankans living in Lebanon illegally as well as those in prison can return to the country without paying any penalties,” Ambassador Mahroof told Daily Mirror online.

Sri Lankans seeking to make use of this opportunity must visit the Sri Lankan Embassy in Lebanon and obtain the relevant documents but will have to bear the travel costs on their own, the envoy added.

There are nearly 80,000 Sri Lankans living in Lebanon for over 30 years and of this approximately 2000 are believed to be staying in the country illegally, Ambassador Mahroof added. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 4

  • seguson Friday, 23 July 2010 08:01 PM

    Lebanon is NOT a country to choose for overseas employment. 30 - 40 years ago this country was in good shape, but now, struggles to feed even its own!

    pasel Friday, 23 July 2010 10:28 AM

    Why all these days Lebanon didn't do the amnesty and now all of a sudden this amnesty

    This is not amnesty , this is indirect slap on the face to sri lankans who live in Lebanon because of the ambassador's statement.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 23 July 2010 10:49 AM

    This sort of amnesties are generally granted by the governments in Middle Eastern countries to flush out those who stay illegally and it is nothing new.

    Podi Guru Friday, 23 July 2010 12:11 PM

    Good news. Next time don't let them go unless the Lebanese pay the fees to get them there and then treat them well to boot.

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