Deported illegal asylum seekers who left for Reunion Island return to Sri Lanka

14 February 2019 - 157   - 0

A crew of Sri Lankan nationals who were deported  to Sri Lanka after they had illegally left for Reunion Island, reached the Bandaranaike International Airport today (Feb 14).

The crew was arrested by French security personnel and later sent back to Sri Lanka via a Boeing 737-800 air carrier that touched down in Sri Lanka at around 2:55 pm.

The illegal migrants comprise of 54 men, six women, and four children who are residents of Jaffna, Negombo, and Halawatha.

They were brought back by 70 French security officials who had left Sri Lanka a short while ago.

The French Embassy in Sri Lanka had made the necessary arrangements to bring back the migrants who have now been handed over to officials of the Immigration and Emigration Department.

Measures have been taken to handover the suspects to the State Intelligence Service personnel for further action.

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