LTTE arrests, a major blow - PM

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The LTTE suffered a major blow with the arrest of 10 LTTE activists in Switzerland in January this year, Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathna told Parliament a short while ago. (KB/YB)

January report - 

The Swiss Federal Criminal Police in a nationally coordinated operation directed at Tamil individuals and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), raided several properties and arrested ten LTTE cadres on 11 Jan.

The Swiss Police have accused them of involvement in a criminal group as well as money laundering, the Swiss Attorney-General's office said. "During the course of the investigation, the suspicion that, for many years, the accused persons had forced their fellow countrymen of the Tamil Diaspora to financially support the LTTE, was substantiated," said the office.

"The victims in Switzerland were put under severe pressure, threatened, or subjected to extortion," it further added. Authorities found that the accused had forced their fellow countrymen to take out large loans, and to hand over the funds. Those who refused were threatened with reprisals, international media reported.

"Several million Swiss francs were raised and transferred to Sri Lanka where they were used to finance Tamil Tiger activities, in particular, in the purchase of 'war materials," said the AG office. "To disguise the true origin of the funds, they were invested in companies with connections to the LTTE conducting legal business," noted the attorney-general's office.

Some 23 premises were raided in ten cantons, leading to the arrests in the operation that came after a criminal probe into the Tamil Tigers' activities in Switzerland. Swiss prosecutors have established a toll free line 0800 10 20 60, calling on witnesses or victims to come forward if they had information on how the LTTE operate. (Source : defense.lk)

  Comments - 20

  • human Wednesday, 09 February 2011 04:06 AM

    No wonder, PM always making staements only.

    ampare son Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:31 PM

    UK< CANADA

    Lankan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:33 PM

    For what ? Deserting the LTTE?

    nagu Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:35 PM

    In SL LTTE is dead except for few Sinhala koti, but they are not dead in Europe, America etc...pls wake up...

    willows Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:10 AM

    What about in Norway???

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:40 AM

    why would it be a blow when KP a KNOWN terrorist is free to live in SL. While the lil fish get in the net the sharks go free/. A well known Financier and a person who was involved in funding of LTTE was ARRESTED by the SL forces in Malaysia ONLY to lead a better life in SL. Had he been living in Malaysia, he would be living in fear of getting caught to the Malaysian forces, who would have tried him for various crimes including money laundring.

    Nethaji Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:38 AM

    What about Canada, Germany, UK???

    I Hussein Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:59 AM

    LTTE is dead and gone PM.
    Without seeking publicity for the forthcoming LG elections why dont you try to assist the flood victims.
    Actually i wonder what role a PM under this govt is playing.

    SwissTamil Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:05 AM

    To whome ?

    Darwin Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:16 AM

    Now this tune is too old and no longer in vogue. Please start a new tune.

    Darwin Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:18 AM

    Agree. Bring these terrorist to Sri Lanka if they have money and then they will be accepted with open hands. Suba Anagathayake

    tharanga Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:24 AM

    thats why this is sri lanka! these type of jokes only happen on our little paradise isle!

    At your service Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:32 AM

    You are a very wise man. What would we do without your esteemed insight?

    suwantha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:46 PM

    now no one care your speeches.people know well that you are eccentric.

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:39 AM

    What about those in Sri Lanka such as KP,Pillayan and Karuna! when will they be tried???

    Ranil Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:38 PM

    These arrests are also a blow to the nationalists. Less ammunition to fire at the west, (whom they love to hate for what reason I dont know), for cozying up with the LTTE.

    Lankan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:06 PM

    So when Swiss is going to arrest war criminals?

    Thas Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:30 PM

    Soon they will be released.

    Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:50 AM

    Oh Mr.Prime Minister you are very good,

    indika Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:45 PM

    Agreed.....fully.....


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