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Aussie Cameras linked to Tamil arrests

October 28, 2009

SMH – Australian cameras linked to Tamil arrests‎ 

Matt Wade

Surveillance cameras at Colombo Airport paid for by the Australian Government have been linked to a spate of extra-judicial arrests.

Reports of detentions at the airport are driving Sri Lankan Tamils to flee the country in boats rather than by air, a well-placed official says.

A prominent Tamil MP, Mano Ganesan, said at least 29 people had been detained at the airport this month. A Government official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the figure and said 11 had been released.

Mr Ganesan said no notification had been given to the families of those detained. ”These CCTV cameras are being used to monitor the movement of Tamil people. Through the cameras they identify suspects and then the policemen are accosting people. No one knows if they will be able to catch their flight.” More

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