This May 5, 2018, photo, released by the Royal Malaysian Police, shows illegal migrants on a rusty tanker near kota tinggi in Johor state, Malaysia. (Royal Malaysia Police via AP)
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Malaysia has arrested more than a dozen members of an alleged people trafficking syndicate after intercepting a ship carrying 127 Sri Lankan migrants believed to be bound for Australia and New Zealand, authorities have said.Mohamad Fuzi said the remaining 127 passengers aboard the vessel had been detained for violating immigration laws, according to news reports which did not say where they were being held or if they had been allowed to disembark.He said the international syndicate, which covered Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia, had been operating since the middle of last year. It is relatively rare for people-smuggling boats seeking to take people to Australia to be stopped off Malaysia.
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