Record for Sri Lankan arrests

[ SMH ] - [ Jul 30, 2012 2:18:20 GMT ]

SRI Lanka's navy arrested a boatload of people heading to Australia and raised the number of would-be illegal immigrants detained this month to a record 500, according to an official. A fishing trawler carrying 31 people was intercepted off the island's western coast on Saturday, and another 20 were arrested on shore ready to board the boat, the navy official said. ''We had the highest number of arrests this month,'' said the official, who asked not to be named. ''We stopped eight trawlers off the eastern coast and three off the western coast as they set off for Australia.'' [ full story ]

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