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Sri Lanka arrests 114 Chinese for online currency fraud

Published on Dec 22, 2012 10:45 PM
 
Arrested Chinese nationals are escorted by Sri Lankan police as they are taken to a remand prison after being produced before the magistrate court in Colombo on Dec 22, 2012. Police in Sri Lanka arrested at least 114 Chinese nationals over an alleged Internet currency fraud, during a string of raids in and around Colombo, officials said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - Police in Sri Lanka arrested at least 114 Chinese nationals over an alleged Internet currency fraud, during a string of raids in and around Colombo, officials said on Saturday.

The arrests were made after Chinese police sought assistance from their Sri Lankan counterparts in cracking the alleged fraud ring.

"They were charged under the Cyber Crime Act," a lawyer who assisted the inquiry but did not wish to be named told AFP.

The accused were arrested following a joint investigation by Sri Lankan and Chinese police, senior superintendent Prishantha Jayakodi told AFP.

 
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