Canadian MP denies house arrest claims during Lankan visit
Posted on January 4th, 2014

Vijayani Edirisinghe Courtesy The Daily News

Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaisen who is on a visit to Sri Lanka denied media and website reports that she has been placed under house arrest in the Jaffna Peninsula by Police or some Security Forces wing as completely false and baseless.

She had made this denial in a statement made to Immigration and Emigration Department Intelligence officers in Mullaitivu on December 2.

Sitsabaisen who also contacted Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera over telephone from Mullaitivu in the presence of these officers had confirmed that she arrived in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa and promised that she would never act in a manner that would contravene immigration and emigration regulations.

“I arrived in this country on a tourist visa. I undertook a tour of the North during my visit. Many sections of the media and certain websites had published false information about my visit and I categorically deny all these false reports,” she said.

“No member of the Security Forces or police ever met me during the visit let alone keeping me under house arrest,” she said.

Sitsabaisen said she only met Tamil politician and Parliamentarian Sri Dharan because he happened to be her uncle.

Sitsabaisen said she was at the Tilco Hotel during her visit to Jaffna and many people met her at the hotel after reading news reports that she was under house arrest.

It was following these false news items that the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration dispatched a special team of intelligence officers to check the veracity of these reports.

She had told these officials that on her arrival the Canadian High Commission in Colombo had also advised her to avoid any action that would contravene Sri Lanka’s Immigration and Emigration laws. She had also cancelled meetings scheduled with certain personalities after the misleading reports published in the media and websites. Sitsabaisen who was accompanied by an Indian Youth had visited any sites in Jaffna including kovils and other places of worship and recorded them on video films.

Sitsabaisen who returned to Colombo from Jaffna on Thursday was preparing to leave for Canada yesterday afternoon after completing her tour. 

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