Palestinian human smuggling racket bared | Daily News


Palestinian human smuggling racket bared

Mastermind held at BIA en route to Germany:
The mastermind and his accomplice at the BIA.
The mastermind and his accomplice at the BIA.

A human smuggling racket where Palestinians are brought to Sri Lanka and sent to Germany via Warsaw, Poland has been uncovered.

The mastermind behind this racket and the person smuggled this way was arrested by Immigration and Emigration officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport last morning.

The duo had arrived onboard a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain around 10.00 am yesterday.

Immigration and Emigration Department officials who became suspicious over the behaviour of the 31-year-old passenger who claimed to be a resident of Dubai, had questioned him and upon investigation found that the passport he produced was a fake one. Later Immigration and Emigration officers had found his original Palestinian passport hidden in his undergarments.

Upon interrogation the suspect had told the investigators that he was to remain in Sri Lanka till March 2 and thereafter to Warsaw, Poland and then to Germany from there. He had also told investigators that the mastermind behind this racket was with him on the same flight and was uncertain if he had left the airport.

Springing into action Immigration and Emigration officers had arrested the mastermind who was at the Customs exit.When accosted, the suspect had claimed that he was a Canadian passport holder and a human rights activist.

However, he was found to be a 54-year-old Palestinian national. Upon persistent interrogation, the suspect had offered the investigating officers US$ 5000 and pleaded to release him.

The BIA Immigration and Emigration officers suspect that the Palestinian national is involved in smuggling Palestinians to Europe.


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