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16 March 2011 02:50 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Nepal has refused to grant refugee status to close associates of former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka, residing in the country. The Sri Lankans who worked with Fonseka during his presidential campaign have been reportedly staying "semi-underground" in Kathmandu for the past few months -seeking asylum in Nepal, the Hindustan Times reported this morning.

The Nepal government has however turned down the request.

"This information is news to me and this is the first time such a thing has happened. We have written to the foreign ministry to seek their directives," Thosapala Hewage, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal, told the Hindustan Times.  

When contacted the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka was yet unaware of this development.

A report in Tuesday's The Kathmandu Post stated that the asylum seekers who had fled Sri Lanka following Fonseka's electoral loss and amid fear of retribution by the present regime could be arrested soon.

The Sri Lankans who had entered Nepal via India in the second half of last year fear that if they are sent back they could be falsely branded terrorists and handed life or death sentences.

  Comments - 7

  • Jamal Nasser Wednesday, 16 March 2011 09:27 AM

    from Frying pan to the Fire - Nepal is another lost state.....

    franny Wednesday, 16 March 2011 11:25 AM

    Courage tomorrow is election day

    Matalan Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:53 PM

    They are giving our country a bad name. Sri Lanka is not Mianmar, Iran, Hati or Zimbabwe.

    Mohottige Wednesday, 16 March 2011 02:18 PM

    Yes it is!

    Lokka Wednesday, 16 March 2011 02:51 PM

    May not be one of those, but SL is Libya.

    sam Wednesday, 16 March 2011 04:22 PM

    Why went to Nepal. anil would have helped to go to Norway rather than going to No Way

    NoNeed Minority Wednesday, 16 March 2011 04:32 PM

    So now SF can request eigther Libiya or Iraq/Saudi Arabia

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