Quebec murder suspect deported to Sri Lanka after trial delays set him free

Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam arrives for a detention review at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in Montreal, Thursday, April 13, 2017. The first murder suspect in Quebec to be set free after the length of his criminal proceedings exceeded the legal limit told immigration and refugee authorities Thursday he wants to be deported back to Sri Lanka. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The first murder suspect in Quebec to be set free after his trial exceeded the legal length limit has been deported back to Sri Lanka.

Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham left the country Wednesday evening.

He was accused of murdering his wife in 2012 but the charges were stayed in April after the length of his legal proceedings was deemed to have violated a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that set time limits for trials to be completed.

The 31-year-old was detained by Canada Border Services Agency upon his release and a deportation order was issued against him.

Thanabalasingham, who came to Canada as a refugee, originally appealed the deportation order but later changed his mind and asked to be sent back to Sri Lanka.

The Crown in Quebec says it will continue to appeal the judgment that halted Thanabalasingham’s trial despite there being no extradition treaty between Canada and Sri Lanka.


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