Canada orders a Tamil migrant to be deported

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Posted: Mar 08, 2011 10:25 PM
Canada orders a Tamil migrant to be deported

A Tamil migrant who arrived in western Canada aboard a cargo ship has been ordered deported to Sri Lanka after admitting he had been a member of a terrorist organization.

Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board said Tuesday that the man cannot be granted refugee status because of his past with the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist organization banned in Canada.

The man, whose identity is banned from publication, is one of 492 people who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea ship last August. He is one of 32 people who Canadian border officials allege participated in terrorism, human smuggling or war crimes.

The Tamil Tigers fought for an independent state, claiming decades of discrimination by Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority. The conflict ended in May 2009.