Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal today decided to dismiss a writ petition filed by Scottish National Kayleigh Fraser against the decision taken by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to deport her from Sri Lanka.
This petition was considered today (16) before the Court of Appeal Judge Sobitha Rajakaruna.
Ms. Fraser in her petition acknowledged that she actively took part in the anti-government protests at the Galle Face protest site and claimed that her fundamental rights were violated by canceling her visa due to her participation in the protests.
The petitioner has requested the Court of Appeal to issue an order preventing her deportation to her country and revoking the cancellation of her visa period.
The Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration, Attorney General and others have been named as the respondents in the petition.
When the petition was considered, lawyer Nagananda Kodithuvakku, who appeared for the petitioner, said before the court that even though the minister in charge of immigration has the authority to deport foreigners staying in the country, the action taken regarding this person is against the law.
He also told the court that the Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration did not conduct a fair investigation before canceling her visa.
The government lawyer stated before the court that the authority to issue such a visa cancellation order rests with the Immigration and Emigration Controller.
Considering the facts presented the Court of Appeal dismissed the writ petition filed by Kayleigh Fraser without further hearing.