Tamil man deported over LTTE links

A Tamil man has been deported from Singapore to Australia over his alleged links with the LTTE.

The government information department said that Dr. Brian Senewiratne, an 81-year-old Australian doctor, speaks at forums organized by LTTE supporters.

“He is also one of the nine Senators appointed by the pro-LTTE group Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) in its so called Senate,” the government information department said.

Meanwhile the Tamil Refugee Council said that the doctor was locked in a small cell without food, water or toilet access for more than five hours on Saturday before being deported back to Australia from Singapore.

Dr Brian Senewiratne, a Sri Lankan-born Australian who has been a long-time critic of the Sri Lankan Government over its treatment of Tamils, was on his way to Malaysia and Indonesia to speak at forums on the Tamil refugee issue, the Tamil Refugee Council said.

“They told me I was being deported straight back to Australia under a clause on an immigration card that said ‘ineligible for the issue of a pass under current immigration policies’,” he was quoted by the Tamil Refugee Council as saying.

Dr Senewiratne said that when he asked what was the current immigration policy that would prevent him from travelling, the security officer said it wasn’t for him to say.

He said he was going to ask his local MP in Brisbane, Kevin Rudd, to take action on his behalf. He will also be writing to Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr. “It is just outrageous,” he said.