OTTAWA -- Military officers in Sri Lanka apparently placed an NDP MP visiting the Indian Ocean island under house arrest Tuesday, confining Rathika Sitsabaiesan to her hotel, according to disputed news reports.
The reports said Sitsabaiesan was met at her hotel in Jaffna, the capital of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, by a military official from the Sri Lankan "Terrorist Investigation Department" (TID) Tuesday evening after she had visited some Tamil-dominated areas in the north part of the country.
Sri Lankan authorities have clarified with us there is no arrest warrant for @RathikaS. We will continue to follow closely until she is home— Lynne Yelich (@Lynne_Yelich) January 1, 2014
But Lynne Yelich, Canada's minister of state for consular affairs, said on Twitter that Sri Lankan authorities told Canadian diplomats in Sri Lanka that no arrest warrant existed for Sitsabaiesan. Yelich said the Canadian government will "continue to follow closely until she is home."
Canadian officials have been advised it "it is not a threatening situation," a government source said.
Two online sources – TamilNet and the Colombo (Sri Lanka) Gazette – reported Tuesday that Sitsabaiesan had been confined to her hotel.
Tamilnet reported that Sitsabaiesan "has come under the harassment of the occupying Sri Lankan military and police establishment in Jaffna on Tuesday evening."
According to TamilNet, Sitsabaiesan was met by the officials after visiting "the uprooted people of Valikaamam North and Vadamaraadchi..."