Over 400 Sri Lankans detained in Saudi say ‘conditions are harsh’

Over 400 Sri Lankans detained in Saudi say ‘conditions are harsh’

Over 400 Sri Lankans detained in Saudi say ‘conditions are harsh’

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2013 | 6:26 am

Around 400 Sri Lankans who were unable to return to the island prior to the expiration of the amnesty period declared by the Saudi Arabian Government, have been held in the Immigration and Emigration office in Dammah.
 
Speaking to Newsfirst the group said that they will be hoping to return to the country within ten days.
 
They further noted that they face many problems including shortage of food at where they have been detained.
 
Upon inquiry, Deputy General Manager of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, Mangala Randeniya had this to say.
 
“In order to bring them back down, we are working according to mutual laws and regulations imposed by Saudi Arabia.
 
Accordingly, our Embassy has been informed by Saudi Arabia that the group will be transferred to detention camps. Therefore, they will be repatriated to Sri Lanka after completing their detention period.”
 

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