Court dismisses Britisher’s Writ Application

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The Court of Appeal yesterday (16) dismissed the Writ Application that was filed by British tourist Kayleigh Fraser challenging the deportation order for participating in anti-government protests in Sri Lanka in the past few months.

Fraser filed a Writ Application with the Court of Appeal on 12 August, against the decision of Sri Lanka Immigration to deport her from the country, seeking a ruling that the decision by the Department of Immigration and Emigration is unjust.

She named the Controller General of the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Attorney General as respondents in the Writ Application.

A notice to leave the country by 15 August 2022 has been issued to the British woman who posted videos of the protests and highlighted the horrific attacks on the protesters.

Fraser, who has visited Sri Lanka twice, once on a tourist visa and on a medical visa, has been actively promoting the island nation as one of the top travel destinations.

She had been recording videos explaining what was happening at Galle Face during the recent large-scale protests that led to problems with her stay.

Following the viral footage, agents from the Immigration and Emigration Department entered her Battaramulla residence and seized her passport.

After the incident on 10 August, the Immigration and Emigration Department sent a letter of notice stating that her visa has been cancelled and she should leave by 15 August. “We regret to notify you that your visa under MED/002918 has been cancelled, and you are advised to depart the country by 15 August,” the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration said.