Drug lord Safa rearrested in Sri Lanka

22 May 2014 12:39 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzaq (Safa), a local drug lord serving a 18-year prison sentence and missing after being granted permission to leave the country for medical purposes, has been arrested in Sri Lanka.

Shafaz was arrested around 4:00 p.m. local time during a special joint operation conducted by the Maldives Police Service and Sri Lankan police, according to Thazmeel Abdul Samad, Media Coordinator at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

“Safa was arrested under Home Ministry’s orders during a special operation jointly by Maldives and Sri Lankan police,” Thazmeel said. The media coordinator also said Shafaz will be transported back to Maldives on the soonest available flight.

Home Minister Umar Naseer earlier said that Shafaz was travelling under a temporary travel document that would force him to return before its expiry. He also said that the government will also seek an Interpol red notice if the Safa decides to flee.

Shafaz was sentenced in November 2013 for heading a mass drug smuggling operation between 2006 and 2011. Allowed to leave to Sri Lanka in February this year, his three-month leave expired on 5 May. (Source: sun.mv)

  Comments - 28

  • yahoo massager Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:10 AM

    What do you mean tax free. THey are taxed by the MP's to serve them. He did not pay the drug taxes he was caught.

    ash Friday, 23 May 2014 11:29 AM

    He is Maldivian guys . And he is entering into the court with handcuff . All criminal enter into the court in red carpet in maldives .

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:25 AM

    Time for a confidence motion "against" the police?

    M.M.S Faris, Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:34 AM

    He is visiting SL through the invitation received from his GURU!!!

    sunimal Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:37 AM

    Drug Lord arrested in drug paradise.

    lord Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:42 AM

    "Lord" for a Criminal...

    sinhala modaya Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:51 AM

    Drug addicts are commenting here out of sheer jealousy

    Dimuthu Heendeniya Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:50 AM

    See He is walking on red carpet I am sure he is either from kelaniya or Kolonnawa .

    komi buwa Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:25 PM

    no we dnt visit for overseas hidden weapons via DM Android App

    Public Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:07 AM

    Good catch by the Police! What about the main suspect who is still serving in the SL Parliament??

    Cobra Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:12 AM

    Who sponsored him and gave him shelter in SL? Your guess is as good as mine perhaps!

    Don Don Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:15 PM

    You mean, the special paradise in Kolonnawa, build by the "Ane mata Mathaka ne"

    The Undertaker Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:46 AM

    He is in the right place. Its paradise from them here and also tax free.

    Yazir Arafath Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:22 AM

    hahaha...

    Yazir Arafath Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:25 AM

    By the way, is he a Sri Lankan or a Maldivian?

    Fazli Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:16 AM

    Knowing the fact clearly that he is a criminal in the highest order how did the authorities issued a visa in the 1st place, even on medical grounds.

    sacre blieu Friday, 23 May 2014 04:00 AM

    Do not worry,a'A SOMETHING AKAK'will see to it that he will escape on route to a prison out of Colombo.

    perera Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:13 AM

    where was he arrested. i can only think of 3 places. kolonnawa, kelaniya and kotte.
    the 3 Ks.

    old Citizen Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:16 AM

    Allowed to leave a convicted criminal to another country .Maldives is competing with sri lanka to become the miracle of asia.

    SSSAAAPPPPPAAAA Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:18 AM

    looks like another drama shown to the public

    sk Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:20 AM

    Look at him.. He already knows that he will be a free bird again.

    mack Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:52 AM

    will the VVIp in SL connected to this guy be named or arrested via DM Android App

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:33 AM

    Escaped so many run-outs and finally bowled by SriLanka. This is why SriLanka is great.....

    Roshan Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:34 AM

    If he can donate part of his wealth to a special powerful politician then he will be like KP.

    Packeer Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:37 AM

    I don't understand why red carpet is provided for this drug criminal.

    Kudda Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:09 AM

    Dont send him back. Hell find a way to slip into Sri Lanka. Take him to the beach to show boat (transporting drugs) landing points. via DM iPad app

    sk Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:29 AM

    you came officially and you are going officially.

    kith udugama Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:48 AM

    Why don't we put him in the Hilton.


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