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A Tamil asylum seeker has been arrested in Canada for war crimes. The migrant is one of the 492 Sri Lankan Tamils who were smuggled into Vancouver in August on a ship from Thailand.

The accused is under detention in Vancouver and faces deportation to Sri Lanka if charges of war crimes against him are proved.

Under Canadian immigration laws, anyone guilty of war crimes or terror acts is inadmissible in the country.

The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA), which deals with deportations, refused to say anything about the detained Tamil Wednesday.

But a spokesman for Canadian Public Safety minister Vic Toews was quoted as saying, "What I can tell you is that our government will not sit back while Canada becomes a target for criminal operations that are trying to take advantage of Canada's generosity."

Each Tamil reportedly paid $40,000 to $50,000 to the smuggling ship MV Sun Sea which brought them to Vancouver from Thailand.

Outraged by the illegal arrival of so many Tamils into the country, the Canadian government has just introduced a new bill to curb human smuggling, with severe penalties for smugglers, long detentions and deportations of such people.

Under the new law, those smuggled into the country will be detained up to one year to determine their true identity and not allowed to live freely in Canada as the case now.

The new law will ensure quick prosecution and tougher jail terms for human smugglers.

Canada already has about 80,000 asylum cases pending before its refugee board. Each refugee costs the country about $30,000 annually.

According to Canada's attorney general, 63,000 refugees ordered to be deported are still in the country and 41,000 have gone missing.

Source: newkerala
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  • snf4 Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:54 AM

    I don't think it is a good sign. It is good if this is confined only to Canada the former LTTE carders, but who knows?

    seruvila Thursday, 04 November 2010 05:28 PM

    Thats true. every year over four thousand srilanken immigrate to canada. half of them tamil.

    bandara Thursday, 04 November 2010 08:08 AM

    Not only one,the whole tamil tiger population in canada should be accused of war crimes against humanity supporting financially to the most ruthless terror organisation in the world.

    Roshan Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:44 AM

    good move.. now there are many in SLA as well..

    Silva Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:10 PM

    Large amount of Singhalese Sri Lankan citizens are in Canada came as refugees. For the refugee status they claimed they were suffered by Sri Lankan state terrorisms . Most of Singhalese left the country for same reason . Now remaining peoples are actual state terrorist

    Rohan Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:14 PM

    I dont understand the hypocracy, Srilankan are against foreign investigation but like foreign investigation on tamils rohan

    KD Thursday, 04 November 2010 08:45 PM

    Aiyo Silva. What a twisted logic.

    asfar Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:34 PM

    canada, you are paying for your stupidity. those refugees are not real refugees. you guys encouraged them claim refuge to humiliate sri lanka and this is the payback time. enjoy all the headaches and please keep them there. we dont need them.

    jayant Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:58 PM

    If the same is applied to Sri Lanka there will be many behind bars, instead of SF who is made the scapegoat.

    Fair n Square Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:25 PM

    OH CANADA ! YOU were instrumental in feeding the " CUBS" now they have turned into full fledged TIGERS, who milked your generousity (BLINDNESS of ur country) What anarchy we had for the 30 yrs, you with ur cousins, France, Germany OZ n the rest will endure sooner than later. DO NOT FISH IN MUDDY WATERS for u dont know what u get. NOW DEAL WITH em

    GROBR

    Dhammika Thursday, 04 November 2010 09:20 AM

    Wow. Good for Canada. Pl keep the lot.Am sure rest of the Europe including UK will have same problem.Pl take great care of those criminals.

    Eye witness Thursday, 04 November 2010 02:30 PM

    canadian tamil population rapidly growing.family reunion, student, refugees like that . i think toronto going to another jafna.

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 04 November 2010 06:10 AM

    It's God's duty to punish LTTE terrorists....
    We only arranged the meeting !

    Ananda S Thursday, 04 November 2010 06:13 AM

    These Tamils and their supporters including Canadian Tamil Congress lead by David P. are a disgust to the entire Tamil and Sri Lankan community to cheat Canadians and try to sneak into Canada using fake refugee status while they can live peacefully back at home. Shame on you CTC!!

    ampara son Thursday, 04 November 2010 02:32 PM

    come toronto you can see how many tamil here.

    D Thursday, 04 November 2010 06:27 AM

    PLEASE KEEP THEM THERE!


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