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)