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Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake has emphasized the need for strengthening the country’s legal framework to counter migrant smuggling.

Addressing the commencement of the second phase of the Project RELAY facilitated by Interpol, the Minister said the absence, or inadequacy, of legislation to address the issue means that smugglers of migrants can continue to operate, with little or no fear of being apprehended.

The Minister also said the connection between immigration officials and smugglers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India leads to dysfunctional immigration screening, allowing migrants to travel without any trouble despite having incomplete or fraudulent documents.

Minister Sagala Ratnayake said while strengthening Sri Lanka’s defence apparatus and the law enforcement system, the government is also working closely with its international partners on finding ways to counter the problem, in a sustainable manner.