Thai immigration police officials have arrested a Sri Lankan Tamil suspected of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada last August on board the MV Sun Sea.
Canada’s National Post reported that Thai officials arrested Nadesan Jeeyananthan, 48, in Bangkok last weekend along with seven others. Canadian and Thai officials have described the suspect as a leading Sri Lankan human smuggling kingpin in Thailand although he was not the main organizer of the MV Sun Sea operation. MV Sun Sea, a Thai cargo ship modified to transport people carried 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants to Canada’s Vancouver Island last year. Some of the migrants are suspected of being members of the defeated LTTE. Quoting Thai officials National Post said Jeeyananthan was preparing another ship to take 200 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants when the voyage was disrupted by police in February.