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The Canadian government yesterday renewed calls for tougher measures to curb human smuggling, amid reports the defeated Tamil rebels are regrouping in his country

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews ‘new information’ suggests that ‘syndicated criminal networks are organizing migrant smuggling ventures potentially destined for Canada.’

Without elaborating, he said "action is needed now... before further boats turn up on Canadian shores."

The Ottawa Citizen, citing unnamed security intelligence sources, reported that exiled rebel leaders from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were re-establishing their violent Sri Lankan separatist movement in Canada.

"We don't know how far advanced it is, but their intent is pretty clear -- to set up a base-in-exile here for the leadership. Some leadership is already here," a government official was quoted as saying.

The newspaper also said intelligence sources warned that two ships may be launched from Asian ports carrying as many as 50 former Tamil Tiger rebel leaders and fighters headed for Canada's west coast.

Canadian border officials detained 492 Tamils who arrived in August aboard the rickety cargo ship MV Sun Sea. Another 76 were arrested a year earlier upon arrival to Canada's west coast aboard another freighter.

Canada and Sri Lanka alleged the migrants may have included members of the Tamil Tigers, outlawed in Canada as a terror group before their defeat in 2009 by Sri Lanka's government after a lengthy civil war.

The proposed changes to Canada's immigration act would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences on convicted smugglers, and hold ship owners and operators to account for use of their ships in human smuggling operations.

Smugglers and their co-conspirators would also face up to a year behind bars while their identity and admissibility is determined.

The ruling Conservatives are seeking the support of opposition parties to pass the amendment when parliament resumes at the end of January.

AFP


 

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  • Konde bendapu china Thursday, 20 January 2011 04:39 AM

    Too Late

    ampare son Thursday, 20 January 2011 01:59 PM

    what kind ethinic problem sri lanka have. every year over four thousand srilanken migrate to canada. including all the races.only economic problem. solve that then nobody want to come to canada.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 20 January 2011 05:51 AM

    Why curb; encourage as usual & someday carve out an ealam for the poor souls.

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 20 January 2011 07:27 AM

    If you people want to go to the Stone Age Again... start terrorism !

    Paradiselost Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:14 AM

    Mr. Minister and other parliamentarians please put more pressure on GoSL to solve their ethic problem in Sri Lanka itself too.

    Raj -uk Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:22 AM

    At least now they understand the true face of the LTTE and its supporters....

    Dee Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:00 AM

    Bit tad too late isn't it?

    Afker Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:56 AM

    curb the LTTE and then you will see a reduction in Human Smuggling

    priyanka Friday, 21 January 2011 03:19 AM

    the Minister is wasting his time by beating the dead man. There is no more LTTE military. Canadians face so many social problems becasue of the global recession but minister is wasting his time talking nonesense. Law will take care of . If anyone who involve in any type of violence are not allowed in Canada. Canada has prosecuted war criminals. Now it is time for Canada eye on war criminals.

    wara Thursday, 20 January 2011 03:30 AM

    Too late. Have fun with them in the future !!

    dutugamunu Thursday, 20 January 2011 12:24 PM

    we live in peace now .. aftre LTTE .. We do not have ethnic issue in SL ...


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