Three Chinese nationals were taken into custody this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport for allegedly attempting to export 24 rare, live corals and two oysters, the Customs Biodiversity Unit said.
According to the Flora and Fauna act, corals and oysters are declared protected species and are banned from exporting.
At the time of the arrest the suspects were trying to flee to Shanghai, China.
The suspects had been working in the Mattala International Airport and had informed the custom officials that they collected corals from Hikkaduwa.
Investigations are being carried out by the custom officers under the guidance of Deputy Customs Director - Cultural and National Heritage Protection Unit, Samantha Gunasekara. (Deepa Adikari)
They must be repenting now, why they couldn't go out from Mattala.
raviv Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:24 AM
ha ha now its self these Chinese are confident in smuggling sine MaRa is there.
Hapuarachchi Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:47 AM
Must be Pittala
bing kunda Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:03 AM
well done bio diversity unit of customs. Keep up the good work. We are happy that there are a few good men among majority of corrupt officers in the govt service.
janaka Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:26 PM
Annay leave them. They helped us to built our 2nd Airport. They are our close friends, They have given us AID to build the airport and they have all the rights to take the CORALS from SRI LANKA to CHINA. MR INVESTIGATE THE CUSTOMS officer for arresting.
Anti-fraud Friday, 29 March 2013 01:45 AM
Janka: Your suggestion is the right one. I would go further and thrw the customs officers in jail
mad man Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
hambanthota n colombo has been already sold to Chinese then how come they are smuglers!!!!! via DM Android App
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