A Scottish woman has her passport taken away in Sri Lanka

Scottish woman's passport confiscated

Kayleigh Fraser, 34, has been told she won’t get her passport back for at least seven days (Image: PA)

A Scottish woman living in Sri Lanka had her passport taken away by authorities, who threatened to “handcuff” her if she resisted.

Kayleigh Fraser, 34, from St Andrews, has been vocal on social media in support of people protesting the country’s economic crisis.

Six immigration officers came to her door on Tuesday, claiming she had violated her visa requirements. Two tried to break into her home to steal her passport.

The day before, Ms Fraser received a panicked call from an employee of the company that issued her visa.

They told her to leave the country immediately because the authorities were investigating her.

Ms Fraser says she should wait at least seven days for her passport to be returned while “an investigation” is carried out.

Speaking of the confrontation with immigration officials, she said: “They approached me on the street and were in front of my house for about 40 minutes, but they couldn’t even tell me what I had done wrong.

Undated handout photo of Kayleigh Fraser, a Scottish woman living in Sri Lanka who has been campaigning for campaigners protesting the country's economic crisis, has had her passport confiscated by authorities. Fraser, from St Andrews, said six immigration officers showed up at her door on Tuesday, claiming she had breached her visa requirements. Issue date: Thursday August 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story SOCIAL Sri Lanka. Photo credit should read: Kayleigh Fraser/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Kayleigh has expressed her support for the protesters in Sri Lanka (Image: PA)

“They kept saying I had broken the terms of my visa, but they didn’t even know what visa I had until they finally got my passport. I didn’t feel safe.”

She said she felt bothered for drawing attention to the ongoing problems facing the Sri Lankan public such as inflation and fuel shortages.

Activist lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku, Secretary General of the Vinivida Foundation, has contacted her to help her with her case.

The couple are set to meet with officials from the country’s Immigration and Emigration Service on Monday in a hopeful attempt to retrieve their passport.

Aberdeen-based Labor Councilwoman Deena Tissera said she was working with MSP Foysol Choudhury and the Scottish Government to urge the Sri Lankan Government to ensure Ms Fraser’s safety.

Undated handout photo by Kayleigh Fraser on the ongoing unrest in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan-based Scotsman who has been campaigning for activists protesting the country's economic crisis has had her passport confiscated by authorities. Fraser, from St Andrews, said six immigration officers showed up at her door on Tuesday, claiming she had breached her visa requirements. Issue date: Thursday August 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story SOCIAL Sri Lanka. Photo credit should read: Kayleigh Fraser/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

People are supporting Kayleigh in her fight to get her passport back (Image: PA)

Ms Fraser said she believes 40 to 50 people have been arrested in connection with protests in the last two weeks alone.

She said: “When they threatened to handcuff me it was pretty scary because under the Emergency Act they can really do anything.

“What is happening to these people is absolutely appalling. Not enough attention has been paid to the suffering they are going through.

“The government is using tear gas against peaceful activists, it’s appalling. Social media has gone a long way in keeping people here as safe as possible by showing more of what is going on.

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