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Gunaratnam overstays visa, now dodging authorities

2015 Feb 25


The Immigration and Emigration Department of Sri Lanka (IED) had failed to trace Kumar Gunaratnam the leader of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) whose tourist visa expired on 31 January, IED sources told Ceylon Today.
Gunaratnam, who became an Australian citizen under the name Noel Mudalige arrived in Sri Lanka seven days before the Presidential Election, on a 30-day tourist visa. He is accused of taking part in political activities to promote the presidential candidate of his party, thereby violating the terms of his visa.

The Supreme Court thus ordered Gunaratnam's deportation.
Gunaratnam said that although he had applied for the citizenship, the Minister of Internal Affairs, John Amaratunga had not responded. But, a close friend of the government, Singaporean Arjuna Mahendran had secured his citizenship within a day.

Gunaratnam also said that the fundamental rights petitions he had repeatedly filed seeking to stop his arrest and deportation from the country were dismissed by Supreme Court; adding, that expelling those who oppose the incumbent government was a tactic of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government and now, adopted by the Maithri-Ranil Government.

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