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UK court orders extradition of Lankan trafficking suspect

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The UK court has ordered the extradition of a Sri Lankan man accused of running a people-trafficking ring while employed at a chicken shop to France, said a report published by the Sun of the UK.The Sun report said: Sathasivam Sivagankan, 58, a refugee granted asylum in Britain, allegedly organized clandestine Channel crossings from his rented home, as revealed in court documents.

A judge has now ordered the dad of two’s extradition to France, where last year he was convicted of people smuggling and given a five-year jail term in his absence, the Sun reported.Sivagankan had been granted indefinite leave to remain in Britain after fleeing the war in Sri Lanka in 2003 with his wife and sons, who are UK citizens.

The 58-year-old Tamil, of Colliers Wood, South West London, was working part-time at Morley’s chicken shop in Brixton β€” and receiving universal credits, according to documents.But he was also a ringleader in a gang which smuggled Sri Lankans into several European countries over two years.

Fourteen people were accused of involvement.One Channel crossing was thwarted in June 2021.Sivagankan, who has no UK convictions, was first arrested in London in March 2022 on behalf of French authorities.

A judge originally ordered his extradition in November 2022 on a warrant based on accusations made in France.Court papers said: β€œHe is described as an organiser within a European wide criminal group operating in many countries.”

In January 2023 Sivagankan was sentenced in absence at a court in Beauvois near Paris.The High Court discharged the initial extradition warrant in October 2023, but a new one, based on his conviction, was issued the next month.Following Friday’s decision, Sivagankan is on 10,000 Sterling Pounds bail, a curfew and must wear a tag while he awaits extradition.

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