People Smuggling – Press Proposes, Government Disposes

australiaflagAustralian government has denied a news report that a senior Sri Lankan government official was suspected by Australian authorities to haicit in the people-smuggling trade. A spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the claims were untrue. ”There is no evidence to support the allegation that this official is complicit in people-smuggling, Australia and Sri Lanka have a strong record of co-operation in preventing people-smuggling ventures.”’ he said The official was not named in the news report, which drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan Consul-General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, who called the claims ”unbelievable, ridiculous and mischievous”.

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