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Fears grow for Scottish woman trapped in Sri Lanka

St Andrews woman, Kayleigh Fraser, remains stranded in Sri Lanka for over a year as she fears persecution under oppressive laws.


35-year-old Kayleigh Fraser, a British national, finds herself trapped in Sri Lanka for over a year after her home was raided by immigration officials last August. The officials claimed she was on an invalid visa, seizing her passport in the process. Ms Fraser, who had been in the island to study botanical medicine, asserts that her troubles began when she started sharing videos of the 'Aragalaya' protests on her Instagram account.

The supreme court of Sri Lanka upheld a deportation order against Ms Fraser, who now fears surrendering to authorities due to concerns about being unlawfully detained under the country's notorious anti-terror laws. Speaking to MailOnline, Ms Fraser expressed her desperation, stating, 'I'm just existing, surviving out here, waiting for something to change. I have no options at all and I'm practically out of hope.'

North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain is set to meet with Foreign Office officials, aiming to secure written assurances from the Sri Lankan government regarding Ms Fraser's safe passage out of the country. Ms Fraser insists she cannot emerge from hiding until such guarantees are given.

Despite the British High Commission's support, Ms Fraser's trust in Sri Lankan authorities is at an all-time low, and she fears arbitrary detention or false charges. Nagananda Kodituwakku, a human rights lawyer fighting her case, decries the unjust deportation order, calling Sri Lanka a 'pseudo-democracy.'

Ms Chamberlain stated that Ms Fraser wants to come home, and that she is working with the Foreign Office to make that happen. The MP said she aimed to secure written assurances for Ms Fraser's safe departure.

The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office spokesperson said that they are providing assistance to Ms Fraser and are in contact with local authorities.

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