Human smugglers remanded

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Seven suspected human smugglers were remanded today when they were produced in court over an attempt to smuggle over 100 people to Australia.

Meanwhile the court released on bail 112 people who were arrested in Colombo and Negombo yesterday while they were preparing to head to Australia by boat illegally.

Investigations revealed that the asylum seekers had paid around Rs. 200,000 each for the illegal journey to Australia.

The police said that the people arrested were residents of Chilaw and Negombo. The main suspect involved in the operation is said to be a resident of Chilaw.

The police said that a lorry and seven Dolphin vans were seized during the sting operation last morning.

(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda the Colombo Gazette)