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Int. Tamil smuggling Ring Smashed by German Police PDF Print E-mail
With a coordinated razzia between three European countries on Wednesday, the police smashed an international ring who smuggled people from abroad according to the German federal police and the responsible public prosecutor in the City of Osnabruck. 16 Suspects have been arrested 16 from Germany, France and Great Britain.

Police searched 37 places simultaneously since the early morning in Germany and abroad.

The special team of the German Federal Police have been investigating the matter under cover since August 2008, on orders of the public prosecutor in Osnabrück about a German Sri Lankan Tamil smuggling ring.
They have been charged on human smuggling from Sri Lanka to Schengen countries and criminal trading as a group in the European Union.

Out of the 16 suspects arrested, four are from Germany and more arrests will follow according to German police. Among the arrested is the boss of the smuggling ring.

He is a 44 year old Tamil known among the Diaspora as “Sri”; an adoring supporter of the LTTE.

Sri is residing in a small town called Borken in the federal state Northreihn Westphalia where the majority of Tamils live in Germany. Two more arrest warrants have been issued for two more Tamils in Germany.

According to the public prosecutor, all arrested suspects are between 32 and 44 years old and they would serve very long prison terms when they are convicted for crimes done between November 2008 and June 2009.
Police said the Tamil Gang have taken between 12000 and 20,000 Euros per person for smuggling them to Europe.

Investigations are still continuing in Germany France and England. German Police say there is more to expect as this ring was expanded not only across Europe but also smuggling people to other countries
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