Most of those who were being deported had sought asylum in England on the claim that they faced abuse in Sri Lanka. A group of around 60 Sri Lankans were initially schedule to be deported from Britain but some of them had their deportation orders stayed by a British court. Officials at the airport said that there were a few Sinhalese nationals among the deportees who arrived this morning. The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today recorded statements from 28 failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were deported from Britain.According to our reporter at the airport the 28 Sri Lankans arrived onboard a chartered flight from Britain and were accompanied by security officers from the UK Border Agency.
The Muslim Council had said that Muslims in Sri Lanka wish to coexist with all other communities in the country. The Mahanayakas have responded by saying that efforts should be taken to strengthen the ties between Buddhists and Muslims in the country. A delegation of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council met the Mahanayakas of the Kandy Malwatta chapters this morning and discussed the issue arising from the issuing of the Halal certificate.The delegation led by the President of the Muslim Council, N.M. Ameen, briefed the Mahanayakas on the concerns of the Muslim population as a result of the tensions that have arisen in the country following stiff opposition being raised on Halal certificates being issued by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU). Some Buddhist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena and the JHU, have objected to the Halal certificate being issued by the ACJU in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)