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Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker’s claim that the Home Office was wrong to reject his contention that he was tortured back in Sri Lanka, and asked the Upper Tribunal to look at the case afresh, in what is considered a landmark judgment, the Hindu reported.

The Supreme Court, in its judgment, also pointed to “well established evidence” of “extensive torture” by Sri Lankan state forces in 2009.

The individual named as KV arrived in the U.K. in 2011 and claimed asylum, alleging that he was tortured by Sri Lankan forces on suspicion of association with the LTTE. He had “five long scars on his back and two shorter scars on his right arm,” which were the clear “product of branding with a hot metal rod.”

However, the tribunal that looked at the case concluded that the wounds were the result of “self-inflicted by proxy”(SIBP) and inflicted on him voluntarily in an attempt to “manufacture” evidence for an asylum claim, rejecting evidence on behalf of KV from a medical expert who said clinical findings – based on the Istanbul Protocol (the international guidelines on documenting torture) – were highly consistent with his account of torture. The Court of Appeal reached a similar conclusion.

Sceats, chief executive of Freedom from Torture, one of three human rights organisations that submitted evidence to the court.

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  • Mandayan Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:53 PM

    M...mm. Not good news for someone who aspire to run for Presidency.

    Modaya Thursday, 07 March 2019 01:09 PM

    Its obvious always in favor of The LTTE and against our brave forces...behind whom Ranil and Mangala are running...pathetic

    Yoga Friday, 08 March 2019 12:54 AM

    You sound in fairness to your name

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 07 March 2019 01:14 PM

    Their is no doubt criminal torture was a weapon that was used abusively by State Entities in SL with full knowledge, approval

    Madawal Thursday, 07 March 2019 02:01 PM

    Uk and EU soon will release the outcome of granting asylum for terrorist!!!!! We should be happy if he wins the cause otherwise we will have accmadate those roges again.

    malvin Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:59 PM

    here are millions of evidence available on line that Tamils were tortured before , during , after civil war some would say all of them are fabricated or edited with Photoshop! all of them??

    malvin Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:59 PM

    here are millions of evidence available on line that Tamils were tortured before , during , after civil war some would say all of them are fabricated or edited with Photoshop! all of them??

    George Harry Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:30 PM

    Undoubtedly, the guy tricked the Justice System by self-inflicted scars to enjoy the economical asylum.


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