14 persons who were on board the craft which went missing from the coastal stretch of Kudawella Mathara arrived in the island this evening subsequent to
being deported from Australia.
According to the Department of Immigration & Emigration 10 males, one woman & 3 children had arrived on board a specially charted Australian plane.
Those who arrived in the island today, who were earlier suspected to have gone missing were intercepted by Australian authorities adjacent to the countries shore line along side their supposed captors.
According to Australian immigration officials the group had been immediately deported since they had not possessed any valid travel documents.
The group who were detained briefly at the Katunayeke Air Port were later on handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further interrogation.
An international warrant was recently issued for the abduction of those on board the multi-day fishing craft 'Chejan' which set sail from the Kudawella Fishing Port.
When the craft was allegedly attacked on the 14th of this month 6 fisherman had been on board.
Police commenting on the incident recently noted that a group on board another craft had assaulted those on board the fishing craft at mid sea, and two of the assault victims had been rescued by the navy.
Consequently it was reported that the individual who had steered the craft had fled with the assault group, while 3 other fisherman had been pronounced missing.