19 LTTE suspects to be provided shelter in Dubai

Friday, 12 April 2013 - 19:11



Nineteen LTTE suspects who were rescued from a sinking trawler while fleeing Sri Lanka will be provided shelter in the UAE until they can be resettled in another country.


The 19 were part of a group of 45 Tamils who fled Sri Lanka last October to seek asylum in Australia.


When their boat ran into trouble, the Singaporean ship Pinnacle Bliss, which was en route to the UAE, rescued them and brought them to Dubai.


After the UN refugee agency notified the UAE of their presence, they were allowed to disembark at Jebel Ali port and the agency was granted access to determine the legitimacy of their claims for asylum.