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Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 6.04 GMT
‘MV Sun Sea’ claimant fights to stay in Canada


Federal officials are trying to deport a Sri Lankan man who arrived in Canada with hundreds of other refugee claimants on the ‘MV Sun Sea’ alleging he’s a threat to national security, according to the Toronto Sun.

Santheesan Alakenthiran, 35, who lives in Toronto, was among 492 Sri Lankan men, women and children who arrived off the coast of B.C. on a rickety vessel in Aug. 2010.

More than 15 people from that vessel are alleged to be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), who are deemed a terror group and banned in Canada.

Officials of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness want Alakenthiran to be deemed inadmissable and deported from Canada due to ties to the Tamil Tigers.

An Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) was told Alakenthiran was a former bus and motorcycle mechanic at the Tamil Eelam Transportation Board and took part in Great Heroes’ Day to honour suicide bombers. He even dug bunkers for the group.

The IRB was told Alakenthiran had filed a previous refugee claim in Thailand with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stating that he worked for the LTTE.




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