Three LTTE suspects arrested in Britain

April 29th, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by admin  


London, April 29 (IANS) British anti-terrorist police Tuesday arrested three men described by a Sri Lankan diplomat as “kingpins” in the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). London, April 29 (IANS) British anti-terrorist police Tuesday arrested three men described by a Sri Lankan diplomat as “kingpins” in the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The three were arrested in dawn raids and are suspected to have carried out terrorist-related fund-raising and procurement activities, police said.

They were named as Jegatheeswaran Muralieetharan of New Town in Wales, Vithy Tharan of Powys, Wales, and Murugesu Jegatheeswaran of Mitcham in southwest London.

A Sri Lankan diplomat in London said Jegatheeswaran Muraleetharan and Murugesu Jegatheeswaran are brothers who run an electronics firm manufacturing circuit boards and other equipment used in communications.

“We are very happy and thank the police for investigating the matter, although we would have preferred the arrests to have taken place much earlier,” said Walter Jayawardhana, a spokesman for the Sri Lankan High Commission.

Jayawardhana said the three men have been the subject of a long police investigation and are being held at a police station in London’s Paddington area, where terrorist suspects are usually questioned.

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