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* Sri Lankan authorities deny reports of placing visiting Canadian MP under house arrest
Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 02:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka law enforcement authorities denied the media reports that said visiting Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan was placed under house arrest during her visit to the Northern Province.

A local pro-LTTE website reported that the MP was placed under house arrest in a hotel in Jaffna yesterday by the Terrorist Investigation Department.

Both the police and Army denied the media reports and the Army Spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya told local media that there was no need to keep the visiting MP under house arrest and there was no any arrest warrant issued on her.

However, a senior army official has told local media that if she violates immigration rules while under a tourist visa, the immigration officials will question her.

Another Canadian MP Lynne Yelich in a Twitter message said Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo will be making representations in Sri Lanka to determine the MP's status and later tweeted that Sri Lankan authorities have clarified that there is no arrest warrant for Sitsabaiesan "We will continue to follow closely until she is home," Yelich tweeted.

The 32-year-old Jaffna-born NDP parliamentarian is reportedly visiting Sri Lanka's North on a fact finding mission.

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