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UK awaiting more info from SL on human remains found in waste containers

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The British Government has officially sought information from Sri Lankan authorities into the alleged discovery of human remains in shipping containers sent to Sri Lanka from the UK.

A spokesperson for the UK Government told RepublicNext that it is currently awaiting a response from the relevant Sri Lankan authorities.

“We are committed to tackling illegal waste exports, which is why individuals found to be exporting incorrectly described waste can face a two year jail term or an unlimited fine,” the spokesperson said.

The British newspaper The Telegraph reported yesterday that the British government was going to launch an investigation after Sri Lankan authorities said they would send back more than 100 shipping containers which appeared to contain human remains disguised as recyclable metal.

Sri Lanka Customs officials found the “extremely hazardous” materials mixed in with mattresses, plastics and clinical waste in the containers, The Telegraph reported. 

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), according to the report, had yesterday investigations into reports that human organs and body parts were inside the container. However, DEFRA was yet to be approached by the Sri Lankan authorities. 

“This is a well-organised racket that has been going on since 2017,” a Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry Official was quoted as saying in The Telegraph’s report.

A spokesperson for Sri Lanka Customs was unavailable for comment.