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38 Lankans repatriated

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Authorities of the Réunion Island of France repatriated 38 Sri Lankan nationals to Sri Lanka by air on the yesterday (25th January). Reportedly, the group of Sri Lankans was apprehended as they were attempting to migrate to the Réunion Island illegally via sea.


Departed from the Negombo fisheries harbour on 01st December 2022 with 05 crew members, a multiday fishing trawler, bearing No. IMUL-A-0532 CHW, boarded 64 illegal migrants from Baththalangunduwa, Puttalam on 13th and 14th December, transferred by means of 03 dinghies. Subsequently, the multiday fishing trawler has proceeded towards the Diego Garcia Island where they were apprehended and deported by the British Navy on 30th December. Thereupon, the human smugglers had cruised with the group of illegal immigrants to the French territory, Reunion Island where they were held by Authorities of the Réunion Island on 14th January. Upon being produced to the Réunion Court the group of illegal immigrants were repatriated to Sri Lanka on 25th January.


Among the apprehended persons were 33 males including 03 from the boat crew and 02 females who are over 18 years of age and 02 boys and 01 girl below 18 years. They have been identified as residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa Puttalam, Negombo and Gampaha. Meanwhile, the individuals have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for onward legal proceedings.


Thursday, January 26, 2023 – 13:36

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