Sunday, July 06, 2008

Philippines: 2 Foreigners Arrested at Airport on Trafficking Charges


Two foreigners have been arrested by immigration authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for alleged human trafficking, the Bureau of Immigration said Saturday.

BI Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said Singaporean R. Murliy and Sri Lankan Vignesvaran Saravanan have been accosted at the NAIA 2 centennial terminal on June 27 as they were about to board a Philippine Airlines flight to Vancouver.

Immigration officials said Saravanan was carrying a tampered Singaporean passport and a fake Singaporean identity card.

During interrogation, Saravanan has claimed that Murliy is a friend of his aunt who lives in Canada, Libanan said.

The Sri Lankan also admitted to authorities that Murliy was the one who financed his aborted trip. Murliy is believed to a member of a human trafficking syndicate that uses the Philippines as a transit point for smuggling illegal aliens to Canada.

Murliy and Saravanan are detained at the Bicutan immigration jail while awaiting deportation.

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