New LTTE chief arrested in Thailand

August 7th, 2009 - 4:51 pm ICT by IBNS  

Bangkok, Aug 7 (IBNS) The new Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief and an alleged arms smuggler, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, has been arrested here, the police said Friday.

“Pathmanathan was arrested early Friday in Bangkok. He became the new chief of LTTE in July,” the police said.

According to media reports, Pathmanathan (54) was the head of the international division of the LTTE till Velupillai Prabhakaran’s death in May.

Last month the LTTE has named Pathmanathan as its new chief, saying the outfit will “modify” the strategies of its “struggle” but will continue to work for a “free Tamil Eelam”. The Tamil separatist outfit was virtually annihilated by Sri Lankan troops in May.

The Sri Lankan government, earlier appealed to foreign governments to find and arrest Pathmanathan, who allegedly ran an international weapons smuggling ring.

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