Sri Lanka deports Canadian MP

06/09/2009 16:58
Bob Rae

Bob Rae

Sri Lanka on Wednesday deported a Canadian MP it views as sympathetic to the Tamil Tiger separatists, the latest foreign official it has sent out of the country at the end of a 25-year war.

Bob Rae, a Liberal member of parliament and outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan military's offensive against the rebels, was stopped at Bandaranaike International airport and barred from passing through immigration, a foreign ministry official said.

Rae said he was stopped on Tuesday night when he reached the immigration counter in the company of two Canadian High Commission officials.

"The government of Sri Lanka knew my views, and granted me a visa," Rea said in an emailed statement. "I have flown a very long way only to be told the door is firmly shut."

Immigration Commissioner P. B. Abeykoon said Liberal MP Bob Rae was briefly detained Wednesday at the international airport when he arrived in the country. He said Sri Lanka's intelligence services deemed Rae's visit "not suitable" and former Ontario premier was forced to leave on another flight.

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