Sri Lanka to deport Lebanese couple for anti-govt activities

Sri Lankan authorities have decided to deport a Lebanese couple following charges against them of indulging in anti-government activities, officials said.

Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 22:17 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have decided
to deport a Lebanese couple following charges against them of
indulging in anti-government activities, officials said.

Immigration officials said the couple would be deported
tonight.

The chief controller of the Sri Lankan immigration told
reporters that he received a police report that the couple was
engaged in activities inimical to the state while staying in
the country on tourist visas.

Mohomad Hottait, a member of the Lebanese Democratic
Youth Union, and his wife took part in a protest campaign
against the attack on JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti.

The MP and two others were injured in Jaffna last Sunday
while they were orgnizing a protest campaign demanding the
immediate release of Tamil detainees taken into custody during
the war that ended in May last year.

A pro-JVP website said that the couple was arrested from
a hotel in Kandy. The website said the union leader is
personal friend of assaulted MP and they participated in
protest campaign against the attack in Colombo.

PTI