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600 foreigners deported from SL including Islamic clerics

Sri Lanka has deported over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter Sunday attacks liable on a local jihadi group.

Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had arrived to the country legally, but amongst a security crackdown after the attacks were found to have overstayed their visas, for which fines were levied and they were deported from the island.

The minister said the government was revamping the country’s visa policy following doubts that foreign clerics could radicalize locals for a repeat of the Easter Sunday attacks.

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