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Canada deports a Tamil migrant

Mar 9, 2011 3:44:11 AM - itnnews.lk

The first of nearly 600 migrants who arrived on B.C. shores aboard two cargo ships over the past two years has been ordered deported from Canada. He had admitted that he was a member of the LTTE.

A member of the Immigration and Refugee Board made the ruling in Vancouver today. He cited the fact that the man fought in at least one battle for the outfit and never tried to leave it over a seven-year period. The man admitted to being a member of the Sea Tigers. He was injured in a battle in 1994 in a mission to destroy a Sri Lankan naval ship, which failed.

Immigration Refugee Board member Michael McPhalen said there was no need for the Canada Border Services Agency to prove the man committed serious crimes with Tamil Tigers, only that he was a member. The man is one of 32 from among the 492 people who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea last August who border officials allege participated in terrorism, human smuggling or war crimes.