KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled a syndicate using Malaysia as a transit nation to smuggle Sri Lankan immigrants to Europe, with the arrest of three Malaysians and eight Sri Lankans.
They were arrested in Padang Besar, Perlis, and around Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur on May 27.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the syndicate had an international network, across Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Europe, and had been operating since the middle of last year.
The culprits were attempting to smuggle out a Sri Lankan boy using Malaysian travel documents via Padang Besar, Perlis, border to Thailand and then to Europe.
The Malaysian suspects included a facilitator and two escorts, he said in a statement here today.
He said investigations revealed that the syndicate also harboured Sri Lanka immigrants around Kuala Lumpur for the purpose of smuggling them out to third countries.
The three Malaysians were being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, while the eight Sri Lankans were detained under the Immigration Act, said Abdul Hamid.