Scot supportive of Sri Lanka’s protesters has passport seized by authorities

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Kayleigh Fraser, 34, has been told she won’t get her passport back for at least seven days (Picture: PA)

A Scottish woman living in Sri Lanka has had her passport taken away by authorities, who threatened to ‘handcuff’ her if she resisted.

Kayleigh Fraser, 34, from St Andrews, has been vocal on social media in her support for people protesting against the country’s economic crisis.

Six immigration officers turned up at her door on Tuesday, insisting she had violated her visa conditions. Two tried to barge into her home to grab her passport.

The day before, Ms Fraser received a panicked call from an employee at the company which issued her visa.

They told her to leave the country immediately because authorities were investigating her.

Ms Fraser says she was told to wait for at least seven days for her passport to be returned while ‘an investigation’ is carried out.

Speaking about the confrontation with immigration officers, she said: ‘They accosted me in the street and were outside my house for about 40 minutes, but they couldn’t even tell me what I had done wrong.

Kayleigh has expressed her support for Sri Lanka’s protesters (Picture: PA)

‘They kept saying I had violated the terms of my visa, but they didn’t even know what visa I was on until they finally got hold of my passport. I didn’t feel safe.’

She said she felt like she was being harassed for drawing attention to the ongoing issues faced by the Sri Lankan public, such as inflation and fuel shortages.

Activist lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku, general secretary of the Vinivida Foundation, has been in touch with her to help her case.

The pair will meet with officials at the country’s immigration and emigration department on Monday to hopefully retrieve her passport.

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Source:: Metro News

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