Passport of UK national Frazer seized

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The passport of British National Kayleigh Frazer, who has been vocal about the ongoing protests in Sri Lanka, was seized by the Department of Immigration and Emigration yesterday (2). She has been in Sri Lanka for over a year and has visited before.

When the officers had raided her house in Battaramulla, asking for her passport, they had told her that if she does not surrender the passport, she could be arrested.

Following several queries by her whether they wanted her passport in connection with protest videos shared on Instagram, she was told that she had violated the terms of her stay.

Frazer is apparently on a medical visa and previously visited on a tourist visa.

She told Ceylon Today that on 1 August, the visa consultant had told her to immediately leave the country, as he is under pressure. Her videos on the protests and arrests had gone viral on social media.

Frazer said she was concerned about the protesters’ well-being. “I did not intentionally commit any offence,” she told Ceylon Today. 

The Immigration and Emigration Department said Frazer has violated Visa conditions.

The authorities have asked her to visit them within the next seven days to follow up on the matter. 

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan