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TORONTO: The Canadian government says NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan is safe and free in Sri Lanka.
Putting to rest the rumours that the Tamil Canadian MP has been arrested and put under house arrest, Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said in a statement on Wednesday that they have established contact with her and that she is free.
“Officials at the Canadian High Commission to Sri Lanka in Colombo and my staff have been in direct contact with Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Member of Parliament for Scarborough–Rouge River; she has confirmed her well-being and that she is at her hotel.’’
The minister said, “Officials at the high commission spoke with relevant Sri Lankan police and immigration authorities, who said they have issued no arrest warrant for Ms. Sitsabaiesan.
“Canadian officials have also been in contact with Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada and confirm that media reports of a ‘house arrest’ are false.’’
Sitsabaiesan, who was born in northern Sri Lanka, is on a private visit to the island nation.
“We will continue to monitor the situation until Ms. Sitsabaiesan returns home,’’ the minister said.