The lawyer of a Sri Lankan man facing deportation after caring for an elderly man for years has appealed to Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides to intervene, insisting there are no grounds for the carer to be thrown out of Cyprus.
As reported by Phileleftheros on Tuesday, the 35-year-old Sri Lankan is legally employed in Cyprus to care for an 83-year-old man fitted with a feeding tube. The carer has been trained for the purpose and had been awarded permission to stay and work in Cyprus until 2019.
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His wife also lives and works in Cyprus legally.
However, the man was arrested on September 15, while caring for the elderly man at his Limassol home and now faces deportation. The authorities say this was because he was last year caught helping to unloaded bales of fabric from the car of his employer’s son.
The man said his employer had given him permission to help but the authorities said this constituted his working illegally and fined the Sri Lankan man €150. Now, according to the paper, they also want to deport him.