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3 more charged in B.C. Tamil migrant case

06/06/2012 04:12 EDT | Updated 08/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Mounties have announced new human-smuggling charges against three more people in the MV Sun Sea investigation.

A total of six men have been charged for their involvement in the human smuggling incident, three of whom are currently in Canadian police custody and one is facing extradition from France.

Police say Thampeernayagamn Rajaratnam was arrested Tuesday in Ontario and is expected to be brought back to B.C. to face a charge of organizing entry into Canada.

The two other men — Nadarajah Mahendran and Sathyapavan Aseervatham — are not believed to be in Canada but Canada-wide warrants have been issued for their arrest on similar charges.

Two other men who were aboard the MV Sun Sea when it landed off Victoria in August 2010, Lesly Emmanuel and Kunarobison Christhuraja, are already in police custody and facing charges.

The fate of the sixth man, who being held in France is unclear. The Canadian government launched an extradition request for Thayakaran Markandu for the same smuggling charges earlier this year.

"These three charges and additional arrest are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the RCMP federal investigators who have worked on the MV Sun Sea investigation," said Supt. Derek Simmonds.

"Human-smuggling investigations are complex and extend well beyond Canada's borders," Simmonds said.

"This case is important as a part of the RCMP's ongoing efforts to ensure public safety in British Columbia and Canada by combatting organized crime groups operating internationally."

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