OTTAWA, March 9, 2011 (AFP) – An asylum seeker from Sri Lanka has been ordered deported over his links to an extremist Tamil separatist group, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board announced Wednesday. The man, whose identity cannot be revealed under Canadian law, came to Canada last year aboard the rickety cargo ship MV Sun Sea as one of 492 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.
Known only as passenger B189 for the proceedings, he was found by the board to have been a member of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from 1991 to 1996 and thus not admissible to Canada.
Board spokeswoman Melissa Anderson told AFP he had undergone combat training, joined the LTTE’s naval wing and was once shot in the leg during a three-hour battle with a Sri Lankan warship.
The ruling is a vindication for Ottawa which alleged the migrants may have included members of the Tamil Tigers, outlawed in Canada as a terror group before their defeat in 2009 by Sri Lanka’s government after a lengthy civil war.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews reportedly said the decision “is an unmitigated victory for the rule of law.”
The man was the second of 33 Tamil asylum seekers to appear before an admissibili