Thursday, 24th June 2021

Sri Lankan family who sheltered Snowden asks Canada for asylum

Colombo, Jun 1 (BAN / CD): Nadeeka Nonis and partner Supun Thilina Khellapatha along with children Sethumudi and Dinath are seeking asylum in Canada after being persecuted in Hong Kong. A lawyer for the family who helped Snowden, former US National Security Agency contractor, has asked Canada on Wednesday to take them in as refugees.

Guillaume Cliche- Rivard of the non-governmental group for refugees, which sponsored two other “guardians” of Snowden, Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana of Philippines, made the plea on “humanitarian grounds” at a press conference.

He cited an example of two activists, Ray Wong and Alan Li, who were granted asylum in Germany, stating that Germany’s decision “adds a lot of weight and credibility” to the family’s amended refugee claim.

Sri Lankan natives, Supun Kellapatha and Nadeeka Paththini, along with their two young children are facing deportation charges after their refugee claims in Hong Kong were rejected.

Defending Supun Kellapatha, who is also Keana’s father, Rodel says that her daughter should not have to grow up without her father, half-sister, and half-brother in Canada.

Ajit Kumara, another one from the group who assisted Snowden, is awaiting Hong Kong’s decision on whether he can travel.

The group hid Snowden in their apartments in 2013 when he was on the run after stealing classified NSA documents.

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