Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Several Lankans still in Middle East prisons

By Hemanthi Guruge
More than 300 Sri Lankans still remain imprisoned in the Middle East and the Maldives, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Kingsley Ranawaka said.
Mr. Ranawaka said the prisoners have been imprisoned for organized crime, large scale drug trafficking, use of drugs, expired visa and other illegal activities.
He further said that the Foreign Employment Bureau was providing welfare assistance to the prisoners through the Welfare Office. Meanwhile the SLBFE will offer assistance to ensure the release of Sri Lankans imprisoned overseas for minor offences. Mr. Ranawaka also said the SLBFE will be providing air tickets after the period of imprisonment ends.

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