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Sri Lanka Navy arrests 17 Australia-bound illegal immigrants
Sat, Mar 5, 2016, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy prevented an illegal migration attempt to Australia by boat and detained 17 would-be asylum seekers.
The naval crew onboard ship SLNS Samudura, apprehended 17 Sri Lankans who were heading towards Australia in pre-dawn hours of Saturday, (March 05) in the seas 40 nautical miles off the Galle lighthouse.
Among the apprehended people were, a woman and two small girls and two boys. The would-be illegal migrants have left from the Negombo harbor onboard a fishing trawler on 1st March.
The Sri Lanka Navy apprehended the migrants on a tip off received by intelligence personnel.
The apprehended migrants were taken to the port of Galle and handed over to the Galle Police for onward investigations.
The Navy warned that there is no means of heading towards Australia by illegal methods as the country is very strict with regard to such migration and urged the people not to venture and lose their hard earned money based on the bogus information given by human smugglers and finally become convicts in the hands of law.
“Due to the deployment of Sri Lanka Navy�s regular patrols and its strong network of intelligence it is impossible to break the shackles of the Navy and flee free,” the Navy said.