Woman pleads not to send her to Lanka

imageA Sri Lankan woman in Cromer, England, who claimed she was raped and then tortured with cigarettes by security forces in Sri Lanka has pleaded with the Home Office not to send her back, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

Her husband said he escaped from the soldiers after being shot and wounded and came to Cromer in 1998.

The alleged victim recently joined her husband in the seaside town. The couple’s background was revealed at an Immigration and Asylum Tribunal in Birmingham.

The woman appealed against a Home Office decision to deport her back to Sri Lanka after rejecting her application as an asylum seeker.

John Smith, representing the Home Office, said they refused the woman’s application because she had been unreliable in making claims about her bank statements and employment.

The woman, who denied these claims, told the tribunal she was held in captivity, raped by security forces in Sri Lanka and burned on her body with cigarettes.

She expressed fears she would face further danger should she be sent back.

Emma Rutherford, representing the woman, told the tribunal her client might commit suicide if separated from her husband and sent back to Sri Lanka.

The husband said he was diabetic and his wife did the cooking and looked after him.

He added: “I do not want to return to Sri Lanka because I like the food in Cromer and dislike the weather in Sri Lanka.

“I escaped from the security forces to reach England after being shot and I still have the wounds to prove it.”

Tribunal judge George Ferguson said he would make a decision at a later date.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Any Nation who want to shelter LTTE Terrorists are welcome to do so, but please keep in mind they are liars and not to believe a word they utter.

  2. Be careful UK, you already have an issue with ‘Islamic Separatism. You dont want to have other one.

    Though these ‘refugees’ claim to have been raped n tortured in Sri Lanka, there are plenty of Pakistanis, Afgans and other South Asians willing to take refuge in SL.

    Somethings wrong with the picture painted by these former rebels……

  3. That says it all.He likes the food and the weather in Cromer so why should anyone want to push him back to Sri Lanka?There will bve many more waiting to cross over.

  4. If the Home Office Officials can not distinguish between Economic refugees and the real ones they are going to be in serious trouble in the near future.
    Refugees from Afghanistan opt to come to Sri Lanka, that paints a different picture.

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