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article imageCanadian MP Bob Rae Denied Entry to Sri Lanka

By KJ Mullins     Jun 10, 2009 in Politics
Sri Lanka refused to allow Canadian Liberal MP Bob Rae into their nation Tuesday. The government of Sri Lanka claims Rae allegedly supports Tamil Tiger rebels.
Rae was detained in Colombo's Bandarnaike International Airport when his flight landed late Tuesday evening. Sri Lankan Immigration Commissioner P.B. Abeykoon said that the MP's trip was deemed unsuitable.
CBC reports:
"We got some intelligence reports on this gentleman and the instructions were not to allow him into the country, so he is detained at the airport and he will be deported by the next available flight," Abeykoon said.
With a huge Tamil population, Toronto has been a focus in recent times. Rae, the MP for Toronto Centre has been quite vocal about his thoughts when it comes to the treatment of the Sri Lankan civil war on the citizens.
Rae has blogged about the struggles of the Tamil civilians. A recent posting from May 19 is quoted by the Canadian Press:
" 'The war is over,' the crowds will shout," Rae wrote. "But there is a difference between a war ended by agreement and a war ended by death and destruction.
"If there is no magnanimity in victory there is no victory. I think of the possibilities of peace in the years after 2000 and I weep at the lost opportunity, the lost lives. So many dead now that were once alive, debating the possibilities of peace."
"The government of Sri Lanka knew my views, and granted me a visa," Rae said in the statement. "I have flown a very long way only to be told the door is firmly shut."
Rae is not the first to be denied entry into Sri Lanka. The government is known for refusing foreign officials and journalists that they deem hostile.
Hindu.com reports that Rae was deported Wednesday by the government.
"Bob Rae has been sent back this afternoon. This was due to the adverse report given to us by the intelligence agencies against him. This included pro-LTTE and other issue," Mr. Abeykoon told PTI.
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