Human smuggler arrested

A key suspect wanted over smuggling people to Australia from Sri Lanka was arrested in Kiribathgoda today, the police media unit said.

The police said that the suspect, a businessman, was arrested by the Matara police special crimes unit.

He was arrested based on information provided by a group of people arrested recently while they were about to head to Australia from Matara by boat illegally.

The police had also arrested a Navy officer recently over his involvement in human smuggling as well as four other sailors.

Australia and Sri Lanka have an agreement in the fight against human smuggling. (Colombo Gazette)

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