Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Sri Lankan government announced the expulsion of about 200 Muslim religious scholars after the terrorist attacks that killed more than 250 people on Easter day.
Sri Lanka Interior Minister Vajira Abeywardena, who stated that a total of 600 people were deported after the events, said that they had examined the current visa system in Sri Lanka after the terrorist attacks and decided to further tighten the practice for the religious scholars. Abeywardena added that about one-third of the deportees were Muslim religious scholars.
The Minister of Interior of Sri Lanka said the new visa system would come into force to prevent local people from extremism.
Abeywardena stated that foreign nationals have entered the country legally, but in the security investigations initiated after the attacks, it was understood that they were still staying in the country, even though the visa dates passed.