Video: Arrested LTTE suspects brought to SL

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Three LTTE suspects, who were arrested by the Malaysian Law Enforcement Authority on May 15, were handed over the Sri Lankan Police, police said.

Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the three suspects were brought to Sri Lankan last night and they were being questioned by the Terrorist Investigatio0ns Division.

Malaysia's Counter Terrorism Division of the Police Special Branch on May 15 arrested three men suspected to be members of the LTTE in multiple raids in Petaling Jaya and Klang, Selangor.

Since 2009 Malaysian police had detained eight LTTE members, including a man believed to be the second in command of the group and all have been deported to Sri Lanka to face prosecution for terrorist acts.

The men were identified as Sangalingarajah alias Mullichelvam who is said to have joined the LTTE political wing in 1994; Mahadevan Thirubakaran who was said to have joined the LTTE in 1996 had been involved in the LTTE musical group. He had been in Norway 2002 and then had gone to Malaysia in 2004.

The third suspect was identified as Selvathurai Pirubanandan who joined the LTTE intelligence wing in 1999 and fled to Malaysia. He was also one of the main organisers of the ‘Maha Viru’ celebrations held in Malaysia last year.

Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said red notices had been issued against them.

At the time of their arrest they were registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and used UNHCR cards to stay in the country and to avoid legal action by the local authorities.

Initial investigations had revealed that the suspects had used Malaysia as a base to collect data and spread propaganda, while trying to revive the defunct LTTE terrorist group at an international level.

They possessed LTTE propaganda materials, electronic equipment and foreign currencies at the time of their arrest.

Since 2009, Malaysian authorities who have been working closely with the Sri Lankan counterparts had detained eight LTTE members, including the second in command of the Nediyawan faction identified as Nanthagopan. All of them have been deported to Sri Lanka to face prosecution for terrorist acts.

Malaysian police are currently working closely with the UNHCR to ensure that terrorists would not be allowed to exploit and abuse UNHCR cards to turn Malaysia into their operation base or to carry out terrorist activities, which could pose threats to Malaysia or other countries.

Following their arrest, Malaysian authorities have launched an operation to hunt down more members of the LTTE who are believed to be hiding in the country.

In April, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited Malaysia and met the top brass there to pave way for more collaborated efforts in the near future in Malaysia where joint efforts had successfully led to curbing down most of the activities carried out by the now defunct LTTE. (Supun Dias and Sanath Desmond)

Video by Sanath Desmond

  Comments - 16

  • Kossa Tuesday, 27 May 2014 02:07 PM

    A very good move. via DM iPad app

    DUMINDA FERNADO Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:48 AM


    Yuri Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:07 AM

    This is how the American will pick the War criminals , waiting for the day

    Prasannajit Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:24 AM

    Colleagues of KP. You forgot that KP was also taken from Malaysia? All together will be happily living in Srilanka in luxury. We will be the fools to believe these dramas...

    ponil Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:25 AM

    Show the Amos please.

    shehan Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:30 PM

    What happened to KP Where is he where is his money.

    lionheart Tuesday, 27 May 2014 02:58 PM

    Keep on dreaming Yuri...Keep on dreaming

    babun appu Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:46 PM

    ask him whether he knows about any hidden weapons. via DM Android App

    dickey bird Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:44 AM

    Who issued UNHCR Cards? From which Office and Country ??

    Those are not valid or accepted in Malaysia unless as they are not a signatory to the 1951 UN Covention Treaty.
    By all means they are overstayers...........

    If the UNHCR Office in Malaysia had issued them with Cards to these terrorists with them registering in their Office, YET these terrorists need to apply to the Malasian Immigration to get their stay extended. Or else, they become overstayers and can be sent back to the country of their Origin.

    Public Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:14 PM

    Now the Police Department can use the minimum force against the terrorist.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:46 AM

    Regaining some credibility after the Airline debacle.

    Mason Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:46 AM

    Will they be treated like KP , who too was arrested in Malaysia!

    Waco Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:49 AM

    Police please see that they don't escape,

    Pandithaya Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:57 AM

    Thank you very much Malaysia. This is how must fight against terrorism, COOPERATION.

    SL patriot Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:06 AM

    Send them to Canada or UK.They need more people like them.

    Jason Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:15 AM

    Go after the big wigs... not the small fish!

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