Pattaya Daily News

23 January 2009 :: 07:01:55 am 9622

Sri Lankan Gang Cons Own Countrymen With Promise Of Work In Romania

At 6.00 pm on 20th January, the chief of Pattaya Immigration, Pol.Col. Ahnnat Kamolrat, and his team revealed that they had arrested a gang of 4 people from Sri Lanka for trafficking their own countrymen to other countries via Thailand.
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The four members of the gang are Mr.Welgamge Gamini Weerasinghe, [45], Mr. Panagoda Arachghilage Dhanush Avantha Karunarathna, [30], Marappulige Dinesh Suranga, [21], and Mr. Pahala Samantha Lalith Thilakarthna, [27]. The police managed to arrest them at room 413/93-96, Jomtien Complex, Jomtien Beach, Moo. 12, Banglamung, Chonburi.

Pol.Col.Ahnnat Kamolrat said, at 10.00 am. on the same day, Mr.Saththiy Anadansenthil Kumar,[24], and another 6 friends reported to the police that Mr. Weerasinghe, believed to be the gang leader, had deceived them by promising to find them jobs in Romania. They were told that they’d get higher wages than working in their own country.

Mr. Kumar explained that the suspects had charged them $1500 [50,000 BT] each for their visas to Thailand. Then they had to pay for their own plane ticket to Thailand and accommodation in Pattaya. The other suspects picked them up at Suvarnabhumi Airport. After that they had to pay another $1500 [50,000 BT] for their visa to Romania [from Thailand].

Mr. Kumar and his friends said they’d been waiting many days with no sign of their visas. When they asked the suspects, they were finally told their requests for visas had not been approved and they refused to give the money back. The victims were also threatened not to complain to any organization otherwise the suspects would make sure they were arrested by the police.

After checking the background of Welgamge Gamini Weerasinghe (the first suspect), police discovered he had a long history of similar cases and had jumped bail in Sri Lanka. He also has many passports.

The immigration police intend to send them all [both the suspects and the victims] back to Sri Lanka soon for further processing.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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