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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 6.30 GMT
False torture claims of failed UK asylum seekers exposed


The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has concluded that deportees from the UK sent to Sri Lanka following failed asylum application face no real risk of ill-treatment upon return.

This is stated in a letter from the office of the UK Treasury Solicitor's Department to the Royal Courts of Justice following an inquiry into the alleged harassments and torture of a Sri Lankan Tamil deportee (name withheld for privacy) who arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 21st February.

This finding by the UKBA follows an inquiry into a complaint about torture of this deportee made by Freedom from Torture (FFT), which had stated that this person was subjected to torture at the airport by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after his arrival in Colombo. This person whose claim for asylum had been initially refused and also been refused in injunction to prevent his removal from the UK.

A thorough inquiry into this allegation had been initiated by the British High Commission in Colombo which also obtained medical evidence that did not substantiate the allegation of torture and harassment made by this deportee.

There has been a well organized effort by pro-LTTE elements in the UK to prevent UKBA from carrying out deportation of Sri Lankans who have failed to qualify for asylum. This allegation was made to prevent the return of 100 deportees to Sri Lanka who were dispatched from UK yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Sky News yesterday reported an alleged claim by another Tamil deported from the UK last year who claims he was tortured in Sri Lanka but managed to escape back to Britain.

Here is the full text of the letter sent by Andrea McMahon for the Treasury Solicitor to David Magee at Royal Courts of Justice





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