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Monday, 02 July 2012 - 12:32
More asylum seekers arrested on route to Australia.
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Police have arrested 6 Sri Lankans in Kalkuda while they were attempting to travel to Australia illegally.

The police media unit noted that the arrested are between 18 and 34 years old and will be produced before the Walachchena magistrate today.

Meanwhile, the 5 asylum seekers who were arrested in Kataragama recently were also remanded until the 04th of this month by the Tissamaharama Magistrate.

Meanwhile, Christmas Island is preparing to offload yet more asylum seekers who arrived by boat overnight, most likely from Sri Lanka.

The small ramshackle fishing vessel carrying the 39 mainly male asylum seekers is currently sitting not far from shore at Christmas Island’s cove, with around five Navy officers on board.

The boat is the latest in a recent influx which saw four boats intercepted or offloaded in about 24 hours from last Thursday night.

Australian authorities are rushing to upgrade quarantine facilities at the remote Cocos Islands, confirming fears that people smugglers from Sri Lanka and southern India have chosen the location as a new frontier in the asylum seeker trade.

A jet-load of stretchers, washing machines, dryers, antiseptic and other supplies was flown out of Christmas Island early last morning, bound for the Cocos Islands, almost 1000 kilometres across the Indian Ocean to the west.

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