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UK PM May rapped over Sri Lankan Tamil’s asylum case

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Published: 12:23 GMT, Aug 25, 2016 |
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One of Scotland’s most senior judges has said Theresa May “acted unreasonably” when she dismissed a former Sri Lankan militant’s asylum bid after he claimed his life would be at risk if he returned home.

Former Advocate Lord Boyd of Duncansby said that during her time as Home Secretary May was wrong to reject the unnamed petitioner’s bid to remain in the Scotland by concluding he had no realistic prospect of success.

And the judge said the then Home Secretary had been “too ready to dismiss” letters from the petitioner’s sister in Sri Lanka highlighting threats to the man.

Two years ago the Freedom from Torture advocacy group raised concerns that the UK continued to deport militants who fought a civil war to create an independent state in the north and east of Sri Lanka for Tamil people.

The armed group, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, were defeated by the Sri Lankan military in 2009 after almost 28 years of conflict.

Many of the Tamil fighters fled the country following their capitulation and sought political asylum in other countries, including Scotland.

There has been evidence that Sri Lankan security forces have systematically tortured those suspected of dissident activity despite the civil war ending seven years ago.