July 27, Vancouver: The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada has ordered a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in Vancouver last year to be deported over allegations he committed a war crime as a member of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Canadian media reported.
The IRB in a written statement released to Canadian media on Tuesday has said that the migrant, only identified by a number, has admitted being a member of the outlawed terrorist group LTTE when he testified before the Immigration and Refugee Board in April.
The statement said the guerrilla group, “actively promoted, advocated, or encouraged” other Tiger members to carry out an offence in contravention of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.
The IRB adjudicator Geoff Rempel has noted that his decision to order deportation was largely based on the migrant’s own account on the alleged crimes.
The details of the crimes the migrant may have committed have reportedly been heavily redacted from the decision statement. However, the Tamil refugee was accused of counselling others to commit a war crime.
With the latest case, the IRB has ordered the deportation of six of the 492 migrants arrived on board the MV Sun Sea last August at the Vancouver shore. Five others were ordered to be deported earlier for being members of a terrorist organization or for engaging in people smuggling.
Canadian federal government authorities have accused 32 asylum seekers aboard the MV Sun Sea of having links with Sri Lanka’s vanquished terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The IRB reportedly has ordered the release of at least 49 women and 157 men out of the 492 carried by the MV Sun Sea. All migrants on the MV Sun Sea have filed refugee claims.