HONG KONG — A Sri Lankan household that sheltered the previous Nationwide Safety Company contractor Edward J. Snowden after he fled to Hong Kong in 2013 has been given asylum in Canada, an assist group supporting the household mentioned Tuesday.
Supun Thilina Kellapatha and Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis landed in Toronto on Tuesday with their kids, Sethumdi and Dinath. They deliberate to journey on to Montreal and settle there as everlasting residents.
“That is one of the best information I’ve heard in an extended, very long time,” Mr. Snowden tweeted.
The transfer ends an extended interval of uncertainty for the household, who had sought asylum in Hong Kong however had been denied it in 2017. Mr. Kellapatha had mentioned he was tortured in Sri Lanka.
“After over a decade in limbo, they’ll now start to construct new lives in Canada, reunited with the remainder of their household and freed from the fixed worry and fear that marked their existence as high-profile asylum seekers in Hong Kong,” Marc-André Séguin, the president of the help group For the Refugees, mentioned in an announcement.
Mr. Kellapatha and Ms. Nonis had put up Mr. Snowden for about three days of their 250-square-foot condominium in Hong Kong in 2013, simply after the contractor had develop into the main target of intense international consideration for his revelations about secret United States surveillance applications.
“He mentioned, ‘You’re a good man,’” when he arrived, Mr. Kellapatha recalled in 2016. “However I really feel he’s higher than me as a result of he revered me.”
Mr. Kellapatha mentioned he didn’t fear about internet hosting Mr. Snowden and believed it was the previous contractor who was most in danger. The household later used $200 that Mr. Snowden left for them below a pillow to purchase meals and clothes for his or her daughter, Sethumdi.
The keep was organized by a lawyer, Robert Tibbo, below the idea that cramped refugee flats in poor Hong Kong neighborhoods had been the final place anybody would search for one of many world’s most wished males. That assumption proved appropriate. Mr. Snowden, after a short keep on the luxurious Mira Resort, vanished from public view as he moved from one refugee condominium to a different.
After about two weeks, he left for exile in Moscow, the place he stays right now. He faces legal fees in the US for disclosure of labeled data.
A Filipino refugee who additionally sheltered Mr. Snowden, Vanessa Mae Bondalian Rodel, was granted asylum in 2019 in Canada alongside together with her daughter, Keana Nihinsa. Canada has not but accredited the applying for an additional refugee who sheltered Mr. Snowden, Ajith Pushpakumara. Mr. Pushpakumara, from Sri Lanka, mentioned he abandoned the nation’s army and faces potential execution if he’s despatched again.
“We’ve got little question that Ajith’s utility will in the end be accepted, as these others have been, however day-after-day he stays in Hong Kong places him in danger,” Mr. Séguin mentioned within the assertion. “It’s time for Canada to chop by the purple tape and end processing his utility.”