He said the navy is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations to decide on the next course of action. A group of 111 illegal asylum seekers who were arrested at sea over the weekend and brought ashore on Monday, were handed over to the CID for further investigations.The Navy brought all the Australia-bound asylum seekers to Galle after they were arrested off the southern seas. The four navy men were arrested this week after a boat carrying over 100 asylum seekers was stopped by navy boats while it was believed to be heading to Australia. The navy says it is awaiting the outcome of the police investigations into the involvement of four navy members in human smuggling.Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the navy is not conducting its own investigations. The boat they were travelling in was intercepted by Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Samudura with the assistance of two fast naval patrol craft attached to the Southern Naval Command 220 Kilometers south of Galle.Among the 111 asylum seekers are 03 Sinhalese and 108 Tamils and that included 46 men, 20 women and 45 children.They are residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Puttalam, Jaffna and Mullaithivu. (Colombo Gazette)

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