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Nepal denies asylum to Fonseka aides

Nepal has refused to grant refugee status to few close associates of former General and Commander of Sri Lankan army Sarath Fonseka residing in the country.

world Updated: Mar 16, 2011 01:33 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal has refused to grant refugee status to few close associates of former General and Commander of Sri Lankan army Sarath Fonseka residing in the country.

The Sri Lankans who worked with Fonseka during his presidential campaign are reportedly staying "semi-underground" in Kathmandu for past few months and seeking asylum in Nepal.

The Nepal government has however turned down the request.

"This information is news to me and this is the first time such a thing has happened. We have written to the foreign ministry to seek their directives," Thosapala Hewage, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Nepal, told HT.

A report in Tuesday's The Kathmandu Post stated that the asylum seekers who had fled Sri Lanka following Fonseka's electoral loss and amid fear of retribution by the present regime could be arrested soon.

The Sri Lankans who had entered Nepal via India in the second half of last year fear that if they are sent back they could be falsely branded terrorists and handed life or death sentences.