Thousands sign petition against deporting Lankan in UK

She was arrested on Tuesday and taken to a detention centre to await deportation on 28 February. The Home Office said it did not routinely comment on individual cases. Miss Satkunarajah arrived in the UK in 2009 as a dependant on her father’s student visa. A family member, who asked not to be named, told BBC Wales: “It is not fair that she only has three months left to finish her degree. At least let her finish that.“Shiromini came here when she was 12, her friends and family are here. She knows no-one and has nothing at all in Sri Lanka.”Iestyn Pierce, head of electrical engineering at Bangor University, described her as an “exceptionally able and diligent” student on course for a first class honours degree. On 21 February, she was told that her asylum application had been rejected and has now launched a petition calling on the home secretary to reconsider.More than 11,500 people had signed it on Saturday night.“I was handed the refusal letter which states ‘You do not have a right to appeal or administrative review against the decision to refuse your application’,” she said. He died in 2011 but she and her mother were allowed to stay while she completed her secondary education and started a university course.Further grants of Leave to Remain and of asylum were denied, but Miss Satkunarajah has been allowed to stay in the UK while appealing. Thousands of people have signed a petition to stop the deportation of Sri Lankan student at Bangor University in the UK, the BBC reported.Shiromini Satkunarajah, 20, who was born in Sri Lanka but has lived in the UK for eight years, is due to finish her electrical engineering degree this summer. “Shiromini figures among the very best students, having secured very high grades in her examinations this January,” he added.“If allowed to graduate she would be sure to be a valuable member of the workforce in what is a world-wide shortage subject.” “I seek for help from everyone to overturn the decision to deport me on 28 February.” read more

Female cop murdered in TT

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon yesterday expressed deep concern following the discovery of WPC Nyasha Joseph’s body, but urged the population not to give up hope in the fight against crime.WPC Nyasha Joseph (Trinidad Express photo)However, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Glenda Jennings-Smith, said the news of Joseph’s death had left her “saddened and shaken.”Jennings-Smith said the job of a police officer was always dangerous and when they left home in the morning they were not sure to return to their family at nights since they could be killed in the line of duty.“It is not the first time a woman police officer has been killed in these types of circumstances,” said Jennings-Smith, a former assistant commissioner of police, adding Joseph worked at the Morvant Police Station, which was a crime hotspot.It was during the Parliament tea break that Dillon confirmed Joseph’s body had been found by a fisherman at the mouth of the Caroni River.“He (fisherman) found this heavy weight in his net and then they called on the Coast Guard that was in the Sea Lots area that was part of the operations this morning and the Coast Guard subsequently sent a vessel down to the area where the fisherman found the weight in the net. We just got confirmation that it was WPC Joseph,” Dillon told reporters.A team of divers went into the water and retrieved Joseph’s body, Dillon said. He could not say how Joseph died.“We don’t have that information as yet. Investigations will be ongoing to determine, of course, the cause of death.”He said one person of interest had since been held and the investigation was continuing.Admitting the news was sad, Dillon offered condolences to Joseph’s mother, family and four-year-old daughter.“It’s a very sad time in my mind. I don’t feel nice when any citizen dies, quite frankly. Whenever someone dies, or is killed or murdered in Trinidad and Tobago I don’t feel good about it at all.”Asked what he would tell citizens who have been feeling a sense of hopelessness in the police’s inability to fight crime, Dillon replied, “I don’t think they should feel a sense of hopelessness because the police would not put their hands up in the air and give up the fight against crime and criminality in Trinidad and Tobago. Neither would I as Minister of National Security…neither would the Government. I don’t feel that citizen themselves would put their hands up in the air in frustration. If we do that is to die ourselves.”While he admitted that the average person would be impacted by discovery of the body, Dillon said counselling would be provided to Joseph’s colleagues at the Morvant Police Station who worked with her closely. (Trinidad Guardian)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCouple charged with murder of young T&T policewomanMarch 20, 2017In “Crime”Cop, soldier gunned down in T&TMay 24, 2016In “Crime”T&T family in dark over motive for triple murdersNovember 7, 2016In “Crime” read more