Gobi’s widow prevented from leaving island

2014-10-05 19:43:50

Kajeepan Sarmila, the widow of Ponniah Selvanayagam Kajeepan (alias Gobi), was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday, when she was about to leave for Switzerland, informed sources said.


They said that Sarmila was prevented from leaving the country although she had valid Swiss visa due to the ongoing inquiry against her late husband, who was shot dead during a clash with the army in the jungles off Padaviya in April this year. Gobi was allegedly leading attempts to revive the now defunct LTTE.


Soon after Sarmila’s brief detention at the airport, an official from the Swiss Embassy in Colombo had arrived and requested the immigration officials to release her as she was going to attend the wedding of a relative in Switzerland and had a valid visa.


However, the immigration officials had told the official that an investigation was ongoing relating to her husband and they could not allow her to proceed. Later an official from Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) had recorded a statement from her and allowed her go home pending further investigations.
The authorities have initiated an inquiry into how she obtained a visa while an inquiry was going on. (Sunil Jayasiri)

  Comments - 20

  • Naresh Monday, 6 October 2014 01:40

    terrorist suspects and their associates should not be allowed to travel freely because they will never return. Switzerland is a safe haven for terrorists and it is interesting how a Swiss official will suddenly appear for a mere tourist eh?

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    ANTON Monday, 6 October 2014 02:00


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    Suresh Monday, 6 October 2014 03:36

    Well said, I felt the same. All over you travel there are Tiger Terrorist Supporters. This country soon will be a ugly Terrorist den.

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    Suq Madique Monday, 6 October 2014 03:08

    How difficult for a genuine traveler to get a visa but how easy it is for terrorists and their supporters? Shame on these countries for their double standards

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    Abhaya Monday, 6 October 2014 03:31

    wow clear evidence the Swiss are collaborating with terrorists . how else in the world would a Swiss Embassy official be on hand at the BIA .

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    Andare Monday, 6 October 2014 03:58

    Something fishy here. Why would Swiss embassy officials intervene if its just a wedding?

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    Suren Sarathkumara Monday, 6 October 2014 03:58

    Is there a court order preventing her from leaving? How any official can prevent her if not? Is there any low prevailing in this island?

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    Cobra Monday, 6 October 2014 04:18

    Just how they manage to get a visa to these countries when an ordinary visitor or student cannot even think about it beats me!

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    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 6 October 2014 04:21

    Embassies has no right to interfere with a countries laws and dictate terms. These are the very forces which brought misery to ordinary Tamils by propping murderous LTTE.

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    Wellwisher Monday, 6 October 2014 04:47

    How the Swiss Embassy in Colombo granted her the VISA while an inquiry on terrorism is going on is a question..,,

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    Esa Monday, 6 October 2014 05:02

    let her leave. We no need her here

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    gayan Monday, 6 October 2014 05:29

    cunning westerners doing everything to trap our country.they 'll use this tiger lady against SL.,in supporting HR violations.

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    rosebud Monday, 6 October 2014 07:19

    EU still discriminates in favour of certain persons when issuing visas-- this incident is proof. via DM Android App

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    Cobra Monday, 6 October 2014 04:19

    [quote name="rosebud"]EU still discriminates in favour of certain persons when issuing visas-- this incident is proof. via DM Android App[/quote]
    Put Australia into that shopping bag as well!!!

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    Gaya Monday, 6 October 2014 05:26

    Haha rosebud, you can work for the SL polise. Whare is the evidance exactly? Forget about th LTTE past, worry abaut futur of Sri lanka

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    dalubanda Monday, 6 October 2014 08:02

    Cant they deport the Swiss Embassy official for interference with unacceptable internal matters?

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    i mad Monday, 6 October 2014 08:22

    what happen to the golden rule of presumed innocent till proven guilty. via DM Android App

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    Grace Monday, 6 October 2014 08:03

    Barbaric terrorists are skillful in not leaving any clue to prove that they are guilty.

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    Malin Monday, 6 October 2014 10:27

    This another attempt by Swiss Embassy to help the LTTE activists in Swiss.

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    Asarana Monday, 6 October 2014 10:32

    Also remember Switzerland is a heaven for ill gotten money where most our "Deshapremi" ministers have deposited.

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