Incident in Yorkshire: UK TO BE PUT ON NOTICE ON STUDENT MURDER-Steps through diplomatic channels: EA Ministry awaiting report from SL mission in London:
Posted on October 30th, 2013

Chaminda Perera

The External Affairs Ministry yesterday called for a comprehensive report on the killing of a Sri Lankan Student in Yorkshire, England.

The Ministry has informed the Sri Lankan mission in London to look into every detail with regard to the murder and the steps taken by the British Government to investigate it.

According to Public Communication Director of the External Affairs Ministry, Rodney Perera, the Ministry will take further steps through diplomatic channels with regard to the murder based on the report of the Sri Lankan mission in the UK.

“We are awaiting the report to decide on further steps to be taken with regard to the murder and its investigation process”, he said.

Thavisha Peiris, a Buddhist who had arrived in Sheffield in 2011 to study at Sheffield Hallam University as a IT student, was working at a pizza shop as delivery man when he was stabbed to death in Sheffield Sunday night.

He was found slumped at the wheel of his car on Sunday evening in the Southey area of Sheffield. At the time, he was on his way to deliver a takeaway.

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8 Responses to “Incident in Yorkshire: UK TO BE PUT ON NOTICE ON STUDENT MURDER-Steps through diplomatic channels: EA Ministry awaiting report from SL mission in London:”

  1. Nanda Says:

    If this happened to a Tamil, by now Tamil Nadoo fools would be jumping up and down and Genocide !

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:


  3. Indrajith Says:

    See what today’s Divaina has reported about this incident!

  4. Sooriarachi Says:

    Up until 2009 for three decades, little Tamil children on their way to school and from homes were abducted by Tamil terrorists, also, little children in the North and East, orphaned after the tsunami were taken to orphanages run by the LTTE terrorists, and many of them had been exploited by the Tiger men and their foreign friends before being brainwashed and sent to the battle fields to commit heinous crimes as well as be suicide bombers. Many of them survived, escaped and were rehabilitated into Sri Lankan society by the SriLankan Government, but many more ‘disappeared’ in to foreign lands and acquired new identities. For no fault of theirs, they were brought up by the LTTE teaching them only hate and violence and today that is their main skill. I certainly hope any one of them or any foreigner funded by the LTTE is not behind this dirty meaningless crime, which brings to us the bad memories of similar and worse crimes committed in Sri Lanka by the LTTE terrorists. This is a worry, as even though in Sri Lanka the Tigers who remained were rehabilitated before releasing them, in foreign lands they are simply released without such rehabilitation and they may depend on LTTE support for a livelihood. I hope my reasoning is proved to be wrong.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Agree with Mr Soori.


    We re shocked and dismayed by the manner of this young man’s death.

    Also, why would any innocent young man, loved by his family and liked by others, doing well in his studies, law abiding, and decent, be murdered whilst doing a job to earn some pocket money ? We hope the culprits are caught and suitable punishments for this heinous crime meted out.

    The British government should be very concerned. Wither Democracies of this world … ?

    Our condolences to the Pieris family for their sad and untimely loss of their promising young son. May this young man attain Nibbana.

  6. Nimal Says:

    I am sure the police will do their best to catch the murderers.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Canada is back-pedaling on its Anti-Terrorism Policies as the memory of 9/11 fades.

    However, it will take only ONE MAJOR TERRORIST INCIDENT in Canada to TOTALLY CHANGE that MYOPIC posture!

    Given by Canada’s LAX SECURITY STANDARDS, playing host to every terrorist organization that styles itself a charity or refugee haven, it is only a MATTER OF TIME before terrorism comes HOME to ROOST IN CANADA!

    Sri Lankan’s prospects for staying in Canada promising after supreme court redefines who is a terrorist

    By Adrian Humphreys
    October 19, 2013

    The unsteady sand of who is considered a terrorist in Canada has once again shifted in favour of a Tamil woman living in Toronto, whose politician husband was assassinated in Sri Lanka while attending Christmas Eve mass in 2005.

    Weeks after Joseph Pararajasingham, a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, was shot dead, Canada granted residency to his widow, Sugunanayake Joseph, who was injured in the attack, to protect her safety. Bill Graham, Canada’s former foreign affairs minister, praised her husband at a memorial service as a “man of peace.”

    In 2011, however, the Immigration and Refugee Board concluded that Ms. Joseph was a member of a terrorist group and should be deported because of her ties to her husband, who had ties to the Tamil Tigers.

    Now, a judge has ruled that this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada decision — starkly redefining how Canada defines membership in a terrorist organization — means the 76-year-old widow would likely no longer qualify for that dark designation, suggesting a reprieve from deportation may be the best option.

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    “In the immigration law system, there has been a pendulum that has swung back and forth [on who is considered a terrorist] and right now, the Supreme Court is saying what we’ve said throughout this,” said Raoul Boulakia, Ms. Joseph’s lawyer in Toronto.

    Ms. Joseph was with her husband at a mass in a Catholic church in the eastern town of Batticaloa on Christmas Eve in 2005 when he was shot dead by unknown gunmen in front of a packed church as he returned to his pew after receiving communion.

    She and several others were also wounded in the fusillade.

    Weeks later, she was granted a temporary visitor’s visa to allow her to flee to safety and she has since lived in Canada, where her son and daughter are Canadian citizens.

    Her husband’s legacy is seen, in the fractured politics of Sri Lanka, either as a political mouthpiece of the Tamil Tigers or as a martyr for the peace process.

    Mr. Pararajasingham was one of 22 parliamentarians who formed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a pro-separatist faction, but he also advocated for a negotiated peace settlement and human rights.

    Mr. Graham had met with Mr. Pararajasingham on a visit to Sri Lanka in 2003 when Canada was working to push the peace process forward after a vicious war pressed by separatist Tamils in the island country.

    ‘In the immigration law system, there has been a pendulum that has swung back and forth’

    After Mr. Pararajasingham’s slaying, Mr. Graham publicly praised his peaceful intentions.

    The Immigration and Refugee Board, however, focused on the other view, considering the TNA a “proxy” for militant Tigers who engaged in suicide bombings and assassinations. The Tigers are designated as a terrorist organization by Canada and the IRB said the politician’s platform corresponded with the goals of the Tigers.

    Further, the IRB said, Ms. Joseph, as his wife, attended conferences and meetings with him and acted as his secretary. Her role indicates her support for her husband’s position and activities.

    The IRB said that gave reasonable grounds to believe she furthered the aims of the Tigers and amounted to her being a member of a terrorist group, making her inadmissible to Canada. She appealed that decision in court, but lost.

    She then requested a pre-removal risk assessment which would assess whether removing her to Sri Lanka would put her life in jeopardy or at risk of persecution. No risk decision has been made by the Canada Border Services Agency.

    Claiming it is inhumane to leave her in limbo with her fragile physical and mental state and calling it “state-imposed stress,” Ms. Joseph went to the Federal Court of Canada to order the CBSA to make a decision.

    Justice James W. O’Reilly denied her request, saying she did not meet the threshold of being in an exceptional circumstance involving serious prejudice. But Judge O’Reilly did take clear judicial notice of changes to how terrorists are branded in Canada.

    This summer, the Supreme Court ruled, in the case of former Congolese diplomat Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, that mere association with an organization that commits war crimes does not make a person complicit nor excludes them from refugee status.

    In his ruling on Ms. Joseph’s case, Judge O’Reilly extended that protection to cases of immigration inadmissibility. While not ordering CBSA to drop its deportation plans, he noted the discrepancy.

    “In light of Ezokola, it seems highly unlikely that Ms. Joseph could now be found inadmissible to Canada based on membership in a terrorist group,” Judge O’Reilly ruled. “I would expect that her PRRA application, post Ezokola, could be dealt with reasonably expeditiously.”

  8. Nimal Says:

    Police have arrested three persons.

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