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Canada says it expects Sri Lanka to make a full investigation of the murder of a Canadian citizen in northern Sri Lanka last week. Reports say Anthonypillai Mahendrarajah, of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, was killed when he went to reclaim property lost during the war.

His properties were said to be in Kilinochchi, the town that became the headquarters for Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's army defeated separatist rebels in 2009 after 26 years of war.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bruce Levy, told the BBC that Mr Mahendrarajah was apparently murdered by a group of men just outside Kilinochchi.

For years the Tamil Tiger headquarters, the town is now heavily guarded by the military.

Mr Levy said he had sent a formal note to the government saying a full investigation of last week's killing was needed and Canada would be tracking its progress.

Building a house
Media reports and sources in northern Sri Lanka said villagers reported seeing men in balaclavas attack Mr Mahendrarajah. He had struggled with his killers and his genitals were mutilated.

He is said to have been the wealthy owner of shops in Kilinochchi who fled and settled in Canada during the war years. His properties were taken over by the Tamil Tigers and are reportedly now in the hands of a Sri Lankan supermarket chain and other businesses.

He had returned to the country to reclaim his land and had started building a house on it when he was killed.

Some reports say he had got into arguments with the military on the issue and the pro-Tiger website, TamilNet, said his movements had been monitored by military intelligence.

The police spokesman declined to comment much but told the BBC four teams of investigators had been deployed but no-one had yet been arrested.

This week the Sri Lankan government said it would welcome and accept refugees wanting to return from overseas but incidents like this are likely to put many off. (BBC)

  Comments - 39

  • raj Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:15 AM

    he made a big mistakes by going back to a contry where safety is not guaranteed to anyone.

    s.joanson Saturday, 12 May 2012 08:26 PM

    Hardcore they look like?

    ajith Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:22 AM

    Why did he kept silent when his property was taken over by tigers who were terrorist and kept on sending money to the organization from abroad.This shows you have committed sin to your born nation

    Guzban Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:28 AM

    Whether he is a tiger or not, he has a right to reclaim his property. The government should not kill those who come back.

    sanju79 Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:49 AM

    Well said

    Mims Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:01 PM

    What could he have done against terrorists? Ask them to leave very nicely? We don't know the true story behind it, so the best thing is not to believe any stories going around this horrible incident, anyone could be behind this poor man's killing.

    laugh Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:45 PM

    what he could have done ? Report to police in killinochi ? Report to local MP?

    kane Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:52 AM

    All the tamils returning from or living in abroad are not tigers. Anura the SL army had destroyed the hard-core tigers. What will happen if you happen to be born as Tamil in your next birth?

    zion Sunday, 13 May 2012 12:17 AM

    it is not true Mr Mahipala to say that 99% of Tamils to Canada under the sponsorship and support of "Tamil Diaspora Inc" which was the brain child of Piribhakaran,th e founder of LTTE. There are large amount of educated Tamils who have gone to Canada on proper migration process. It is sad to note that there few absurd comments made by Mr Mahipala,

    Chena_Man Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:53 AM

    You can't build houses here now... the military is building barracks and cultivating chilles for the Army!

    xlntgson Sunday, 13 May 2012 12:43 AM

    Occupying uninhabited places not a crime but encouraged and given deeds later by virtue of long possession. Legal routes take a life time, at last, you will die or the culprit, natural justice?

    citizen1 Sunday, 13 May 2012 03:11 AM

    Can't you remember who the tigers were?? Even people's kids were not safe...every family had to give up a child. What would you have done?

    citizen1 Sunday, 13 May 2012 03:13 AM

    unfortunately you need to spell it out on this forum.

    Ruwan Saturday, 12 May 2012 05:35 AM

    have you got any proof to say that the government killed this man? The government of Sri Lanka should carry out an impartial investigation of this murder as this murder could be done by anyone

    jacoobc Saturday, 12 May 2012 06:07 AM

    Banana republic .. next cut is to lions den ...

    Ranasinghe Mahipala Saturday, 12 May 2012 06:29 AM

    Almost 99% of Tamils living in Canada came to that country under the sponsorship and support of "Tamil Diaspora Inc" which was the brain child of Piribhakaran,the founder of LTTE.

    gonnamba Sunday, 13 May 2012 07:10 AM

    Please tell how to identify a hardcore tigeR? KP is with the government, he is the leader of the LTTE, he can engage in politics too, but he is safe why?

    Nihu Sunday, 13 May 2012 07:48 AM

    Well said sir!!

    Saskia Sunday, 13 May 2012 08:25 AM

    He should have waited until the Tamils has got the land and police power (it will be in the near future) because then he would have solved it in a legal way.

    Rangan Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:25 AM

    Do you believe in SL's investigation mechanism?

    dalu banda Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:14 AM

    May be canada sent him back like Australia sent "Kumara Mahattaya"

    Amda Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:32 AM

    a wild pig, shoot

    Kalu Sudda Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:51 AM

    Kill myself before I become a violent racist.

    aj Saturday, 12 May 2012 12:56 PM

    Thanks Canada. but no any confidence for investigation

    Bandula Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:25 PM

    A terrorist is one who terrorize people whether Tamil, Sinhalese or any damn community. In that sense I being a Sinhalese think you too must be eliminated.

    Ray Silva Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:04 PM

    That is exactly what the Canadian Govt. is asking our Govt. to do. There is nothing wrong in this request by Canada.
    Our Govt. is asking the Tamils to come back.

    Sammy Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:07 PM

    Have you got any proof that he is a "Tiger"? This is a convenient way of eliminating people who the government feels are an inconvenience to them.

    tgte Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:11 PM

    have you got any proff that he send money to the ltte?

    Ravi Seneviratne Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:12 PM

    Can any of the Tamil Dispora say that they did support the tigers ? except for very very few, majority of them around the world did.but as Ajith as stated , why did this person kept silent when the tigers forced occupied this house/land ?

    Bigfoot Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:30 PM

    Now the tiger is by the tail of the so called Lions. Ha!

    Bigfoot Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:31 PM

    This is what Canada is requesting and if done,face the consequences.

    Rajiv Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:57 PM

    So the Past Terrorist Killed by the Present

    Kodage Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:00 PM

    Please do not jump to conclusions.
    Everyone 9except ignorant men like you) have accused those in power as the ones responsible.
    Please wait for the investigations, and then you will regret your comment in haste.

    Peter Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:07 PM

    why don't you improve your english before commenting in this post?

    Peter Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:11 PM

    So you have faith in this Govt. investigations?
    Judging from the past who can have such faith?

    Hussain Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:54 PM

    People on this blog are blaming a whole nation for the death of one individual. I notice that many comments are given the thumbs down. No one knows the facts of this case and no one knows who killed this man. Lets wait for the investigation to be over with. He may have been killed by ex LTTE people or people who do not want him to get his land back. He should have taken the legal route to claim his properties if he had a claim.

    anura Saturday, 12 May 2012 03:53 AM

    These are all hardcore tigers who need to be eliminated

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