Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Four Sri Lankans jailed in UK over people-smuggling
Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 11:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, London: Five members of a criminal gang including four Sri Lankans have been jailed for smuggling Sri Lankans into the UK through Channel ports.

According to the UK Home Office, the four Sri Lankans and one British national have helped illegal immigrants attempting to reach the UK by smuggling them in vehicles and charging them £4,500 each for the service, The Guardian reported.

Border Force officers who discovered stowaways hiding in vehicles stopped at ports including Calais, Dunkirk, Coquelles and Dover have thwarted many of the smuggling attempts.

A Home Office spokesman has said that some of those who reached the UK, would travel to North America using falsified documents.

He added that investigations were ongoing to find those who had entered the UK illegally.

The gang's ringleader, 37-year-old Sudharsan Jeyakodi from Luton, pleaded guilty in August last year to conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration and was jailed for five years and four months at Maidstone Crown Court.

Chubramanian Vignarajah, 42, from Croydon, also pleaded guilty last year to the same offence and was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment.

Kamalanesan Kandiah, 39, from Hayes, London, John Anes Soundaranayagam Uvais, 41, of East Ham, London, and British national Amarjit Mudhar, 46, of Northolt, London, were found guilty of the same charge on 17 January following an eight-week trial.

Kandiah and Uvais were jailed for five years each while Mudhar was sentenced to four years and eight months, the spokesman said.

The gang was caught following a Home Office-led investigation, supported by Kent police, the National Crime Agency (NCA), Europol and French, German and Swiss law enforcement agencies.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Two global yacht and marina construction companies show interest in marine tourism in Sri Lanka
-- [5 hours ago]
Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee discuss Electoral Reforms, devolution, Executive
-- [6 hours ago]
Tamil Diaspora organization welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's urgent call for Sri Lanka to set up minority rights mechanism
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka main Tamil party TNA condemns the shooting of two University students
-- [7 hours ago]
Group of 25 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps to return home on Oct 25
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy assists building facilities for transportation among islands in the Jaffna peninsula
President launches program to plant one billion trees as renewable energy sources
Five police officers arrested over deaths of two Jaffna University students
Sri Lanka Telecom wins government fiber optic broadband deal
'Living Heritage' event to showcase and promote heritage of Sri Lankan capital Colombo

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.