Navy arrest 17 illegal migrants heading to Australia

6 March 2016 05:05 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Seventeen Sri Lankans who were heading towards Australia illegally were arrested by the Navy yesterday in the seas off the Galle lighthouse.

Navy Spokesman Akram Alavi said the naval crew onboard ship SLNS Samudura, apprehended the migrants on a tip off received by intelligence personnel.

He said a woman, two small girls and two boys were among the arrested persons.

They had departed from the Negombo harbor onboard a fishing trawler called “Vindana 3” on March 1.
The arrested migrants were taken to the port of Galle and handed over to the Galle Police for further investigations.

Captian Alavi said that there is no use heading towards Australia illegally as the country had very strict laws against such migration.

He said regular patrols by the Navy and its strong network of intelligence made it near impossible to leave the country in such a manner.(DS)

  Comments - 5

  • Bingo Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:27 AM

    If western countries allow free visa for Sri Lankan, 90% of people would migrate. Great ruling. Politicos must be so proud. Including present and past.

    Dee Sunday, 06 March 2016 10:06 AM

    No wonder our passport has fallen to lowly levels. These people cannot do a proper job here, what to they expect to do in aussie?

    Mandy Sunday, 06 March 2016 11:54 AM

    Possibly just get the dole and live it up and Aussie blokes pay the taxes for it.

    Rohan Sunday, 06 March 2016 12:12 PM

    Result of past and present politicians everyone in Sri lanka wants to leave the country.

    Lanka Sunday, 06 March 2016 08:12 PM

    Why leave the best country in the world?

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