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Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 19:03
Main suspects of the TOGO human smuggling racket arrested.
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The two chief suspects guilty of having stranded 269 Sri Lankans stating that they would be sent to Canada have been arrested by the Colombo Anti -Corruptions unit yesterday.

One of the individuals who had been instrumental in the racket, Kandaiya Jeyaraj was arrested at the Katunayake air port premises.

Subsequent interrogation conducted on the first suspect had led to the arrest of Kandaiya Boo-bala Singham alias Mohan Raj, the other suspect who has been allegedly involved in this racket. The second suspect had been arrested while at a hotel in the Wellawatta area.

He is also believed to be a resident of the Ganeshapuram area in Vavuniya. A citizen of Canada, Boobalasingham had acted as an intermediary in shipping Sri Lankan migrants into countries such as Malaysia, Togo, Guini & Mali.

The initial suspect who had been arrested in this regard has been identified as Arunugirinadan Jeyaruban.

Upon interrogating him it was revealed that a sum of 1.5 million rupees was levied from a potential applicant where it was stated that they would be sent to Canada upon completion of the payment.

Previously, police suspected an individual by the name of Velupillai wardhan to be the mastermind behind this operation.

It was revealed during the interrogation of the two suspects who were taken into custody yesterday that Velupillai wardhan had been retained under Guinean police custody, and had been charged with human smuggling.

According to the Colombo Anti -Corruption unit these 2 suspects have been placed under remand custody upon having been produced before court. A total of 4 persons have been arrested in connection to this incident.

The group has been charged with deserting around 269 individuals in Togo, all of whom were promised safe conduct into Canada. 30 such individuals who had been deserted in this manner were brought into the island on the 24th of February.

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