Canada Four-year sentence for man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to B.C.

00:40  12 september  2017
00:40  12 september  2017 Source:   Vancouver Sun

Two Nova Scotia men accused of smuggling more than 650,000 illegal cigarettes

  Two Nova Scotia men accused of smuggling more than 650,000 illegal cigarettes Two Nova Scotia men accused of smuggling more than 650,000 illegal cigarettes Two Nova Scotia men have been charged with smuggling more t after a year-long investigation.A news release from Service Nova Scotia on Friday said police stopped and arrested two men from Sackville, Nova Scotia, aged 37 and 47, near Amherst on Thursday.The men were in possession of a total of 651,200 illegal cigarettes, the release said, and their vehicles were seized.The release said the tax value of the cigarettes is $179,210 in provincial taxes and $136,752 in federal taxes.

A Sri Lankan man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada has walked free after receiving a four - year prison sentence .

VANCOUVER — A Sri Lankan man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada has walked free after receiving a four - year prison sentence . Kunarobinson Christhurajah smiled as a British Columbia Supreme Court judge asked him to stand after announcing his sentence

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VANCOUVER — A Sri Lankan man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada has walked free after receiving a four-year prison sentence.

Kunarobinson Christhurajah smiled as a British Columbia Supreme Court judge asked him to stand after announcing his sentence, saying the man won’t be serving any more time beyond the seven years he has spent behind bars awaiting trial.

Justice Catherine Wedge says Christhurajah was himself an asylum seeker aboard the MV Sun Sea, which was intercepted on B.C.’s coast in August 2010 with 492 passengers aboard after they’d left Thailand six weeks earlier.

Wedge cited a previous case in which three Chinese men were sentenced to four years in prison as part of an organized-crime-group that brought 190 illegal migrants to the West Coast in 1999.

Unlike in that case, Wedge says Christhurajah was not a mastermind or a leader and that he and his family experienced the same conditions as the other passengers.

A mistrial was declared in Christhurajah’s first trial in January when a jury failed to reach a verdict, but he was found guilty by another jury in May.

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