Bob Rae: Canadian Politician, Critic Booted From Sri Lanka

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By Emanthi Marambe

Sri Lankan authorities today detained and expelled Canadian Liberal MP and strong critic of Sri Lankan Government Bob Rae soon after his arrival to Colombo. According to the Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Controller Mr.P.B Abeykoon, MP Rae was briefly detained after his arrival to Colombo International Air Port from New Delhi last night over his links with LTTE.

Expelled Canadian MP who is also the former Ontario Premier is widely known as criticizing the Sri Lankan government over the war against LTTE, as he says that there is a genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

the Immigration and Emigration Controller further said that the Canadian MP's visit is not a suitable one and he was expelled from the Country for the destination he came from the very next flight. "He is barred from entering Sri Lanka," he stressed. Meanwhile, the government authorities were suspicious of his arrival to Colombo as he carried one-way air ticket.

The Ottawa government expressed their dismay and displeasure over the Sri Lankan government's decision to detain and expel the Canadian Liberal MP Rae.

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