Navy nabs 57 attempting to flee to Australia

The Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 57 people who were attempting to flee to Australia illegally, officials said.

Navy Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the 57 were arrested off the coast of Kalkuda.

“They were arrested in the early hours of today and we are making arrangements to bring them to the Trincomalee harbour before handing them over to the law enforcement authorities,” Commander Warnakulasuriya said.

The latest arrests were made just a day after Australia announced that it valued its ties with Sri Lanka in combating human smuggling. (COLOMBO GAZETTE)

Report By Jamila Najmuddin