The Sunday Leader

Navy Awaits Police Findings

By Easwaran Rutnam

The navy says it is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations into the involvement of four navy members in human smuggling.

Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the navy is not conducting its own investigations.

He said the navy is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations to decide on the next course of action.

The four navy men were arrested this week after a boat carrying over 100 asylum seekers was stopped by navy boats while it was believed to be heading to Australia.

A group of 111 illegal asylum seekers arrested at sea over the weekend and brought ashore last week, were handed over to the CID for further investigations.

The Navy brought all the Australia-bound asylum seekers to Galle after they were arrested off the southern seas.

The boat they were travelling in was intercepted by Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Samudura with the assistance of two fast naval patrol craft attached to the Southern Naval Command 220 kilometers south of Galle.

Among the 111 asylum seekers are 3 Sinhalese and 108 Tamils and that included 46 men, 20 women and 45 children. They are residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Puttalam, Jaffna and Mullaithivu.

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