Saturday, 10 November 2012
The Sri Lankan newspaper editor told by a government official she would be killed – but who was denied protection in Australia – has fled Colombo for political asylum in another country. Frederica Jansz was told by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the brother of the country’s President, that if they were at a function together ”I will tell people this is the editor of the Sunday Leader and 90 per cent there will show that they hate you … they will kill you”. Mr Rajapaksa said he was harassed by the paper and the language he used was in common use, Morning Herld newspaper reports.
In September, Jansz applied for a humanitarian visa to resettle in Australia, but was denied.
Two weeks ago, after she was warned her passport would soon be seized, she fled Sri Lanka with her two sons. She is living in a western country and is applying for political asylum.
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