|17 illegal migrants to
Australia caught near H’tota
A Navy patrol had intercepted a deep-sea trawler,
carrying 17 would be illegal Lankan migrants to
Australia near Hambantota last Sunday.
The group comprising nine Tamils, six Sinhalese and
two Muslims were handed over to the Galle Harbour
Police on Monday evening (21).
Inspector Meshan de Silva told The Nation that all
17 were being held for questioning under detention
orders issued by the Ministry of Defence. After
questioning, they will be produced before a
It has been revealed that the 17 taken into custody
are from Jaffna, Trincomalee, Puttalam and Chilaw.
They had boarded the vessel fitted with 75 horse
power engines in Trincomalee on February 14 in the
guise of fishermen and six were carrying permits
intended for such work. (DP)