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* Lankan refugee accused of killing wife in Canada wants to be deported to Sri Lanka
Fri, May 12, 2017, 08:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 12, Montreal: A Sri Lankan refugee in Canada accused of killing his wife wants the authorities to deport him back to Sri Lanka after he was set free by the court.

The Canadian Press reported that Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam, a refugee from Sri Lanka who was charged with murdering his wife in Quebec is to be set free after the length of his criminal proceedings exceeded the legal limit.

The suspect has told immigration and refugee authorities Thursday he wants to be deported back to Sri Lanka. He has told Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada during his detention hearing that he no longer fears returning to his home country.

"I don't have any kids, I don't have anything in Criminal Code or immigration code," he has said. "So I don't know why I'm still in jail. That's what I'm thinking ... to go back to my country."

Thanabalasingam, 31, was arrested in August 2012 after his 21-year-old wife, Anuja Baskaran's body was found in their apartment in the Ahuntsic neighborhood of Montreal. The woman in her twenties had been stabbed at the throat many times.

He was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Baskaran.

The charge was stayed in April after the length of the proceedings was deemed to have violated a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that set time limits for trials to be completed.

He became the first murder suspect in Quebec to be set free as a consequence of the court ruling, known as the Jordan decision.

Despite being set free, Thanabalasingam was never released from custody. After the stay he was promptly rearrested by Canada Border Services Agency and ordered deported by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Crown officials in Quebec are appealing the Superior Court decision that stayed the proceedings.

Thanabalasingam is still protected by Canada as a refugee, so it is unclear if and how he will be deported.

The immigration board member ordered him to remain in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency.

His next detention review hearing is scheduled for June 9.

 


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