Dec 30, Colombo: Diplomatic sources say that a legal barrier has delayed the extradition of the king pin of an international drug trafficking racket between Sri Lanka and Pakistan to Sri Lanka.
Pakistani authorities have arrested the suspect believed to be the king pin who was responsible for smuggling a container with over 150 kilos of heroin to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka police have also arrested another Pakistani national suspected of leading the smuggling operation from Sri Lanka along with two Sri Lankans when the Customs in August discovered the shipping container with heroin packed in lubricant cans.
Sri Lanka has demanded the extradition of the main suspect from Pakistan to be produced in Sri Lankan court.
However, Pakistan authorities have delayed the extradition since the law provides deportation of criminals who hide in another country after committing an offense.
Pakistan authorities are considering the legal issues since the suspected Pakistani is not accused of committing a crime in Sri Lanka.
Sources say the police have found a video of the suspect posing with Sri Lanka Prime Minister, who came under severe rap when it was revealed that a coordinating secretary of the PM requested a tax waiver for the container.
However, police say that neither the Prime Minister nor the relevant coordinating secretary were aware that the container had heroin in it.
The Pakistan police team questioned the arrested suspects including a Pakistan national in Sri Lanka last week.
Police say that all the details of the racket have been exposed and more arrests will be made shortly.