Switzerland ordered to pay €30,000 to deported ex-LTTEr

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The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Switzerland to pay 30,000 euros as compensation to a Sri Lankan who was deported from Switzerland and subsequently arrested and allegedly beaten in Colombo, The Local reported yesterday.

The unnamed man, a Tamil who had fought with the Tamil Tigers against the Sri Lankan government, requested asylum in Switzerland in 2009, telling the Swiss authorities he had been persecuted in his own country.

The request was rejected and, following an unsuccessful appeal, the man, his wife and children were deported in 2013.

On arrival at Colombo airport they were stopped and questioned, before the man was taken into custody where he was beaten and ill-treated.

He was visited by a representative of the Swiss ambassador who said the man was too frightened to speak freely, found the court.

After that visit the man’s wife and children returned to live in Switzerland.

He was finally released in 2015 and requested a Swiss visa on humanitarian grounds, which was accepted by the Swiss migration office.

In its judgement on Thursday, the ECHR decided that Switzerland must have been aware that the man risked persecution when it deported him to Sri Lanka.

The court judged that Switzerland had therefore violated article three of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits torture or degrading treatment and the extradition of a person to a foreign state if they are likely to be subjected to torture there.

Switzerland must now pay the man 30,000 euros in damages and 4,770 euros in costs.

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  • YouYou Friday, 27 January 2017 03:04 PM

    He was arrested only to find no fault and released without charges so that he can go back as a 'full refugee'. What a system of sling mud on the nation's image unnecessarily.

    john Friday, 27 January 2017 03:29 PM

    Whats funny compensation for been held in custody but what about the torture he would heave done to so many innocent lives via DM Android App

    mm Friday, 27 January 2017 03:34 PM

    please keep them. via DM iOS App

    mia Friday, 27 January 2017 03:37 PM

    for what LTTE to so many innocent people. he should be tortured via DM iOS App

    usaguy Friday, 27 January 2017 04:40 PM

    what has MR and his goons have to tell about this huh via DM Android App

    DillonDP Friday, 27 January 2017 04:50 PM

    wow this is a country where are courts can really learn what law and equality mean

    Ahmed Friday, 27 January 2017 04:55 PM

    Let's hope economic migrants won't make use of news like this to get asylum in Europe. Only true refugees should get asylum

    Sheri Friday, 27 January 2017 05:25 PM

    There are no "refugees" from Sri Lanka, only economic ones who were terrorists. What about the innocent people killed by this man?

    siva Saturday, 28 January 2017 10:12 AM

    What about army deserters who are seeking asylum in a number of countries ?

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 27 January 2017 06:37 PM

    Any facts available on his heroics when fighting for the barbaric terrorist outfit.

    Boonda Friday, 27 January 2017 07:17 PM

    Exactly. What dump comments below forgetting if he was a Tiger, he wouldn't have been released. He lied as an LTTE cadre. They did not believe and sent him back. Our guys arrested and realeased as a confirmation that he was not a Tiger. He used the arrest and torture to go back and win money too.


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