Tamil Tigers arms merchant nabbed in Thailand

June 17th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Authorities in Thailand have arrested three Rohingya men believed to have supplied weapons to the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka.

The three suspects, Mohammad Ali Hussein, Mohammad Mudbahem and Chubri Awae are also believed to have been involved in passport forgery, human and weapons trafficking, and have to have connections with al-Qaeda terrorists.

Hussein was arrested on Monday at his Thai wife’s house in Chaiyaphum’s Kaset Sombun district after he sneaked into Thailand early this month. His former aide, Mudbahem, was captured in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district on the same day, while the date and place where Chubri was caught remain unclear.

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Police Colonel Thawee Sodsong said Hussein is thought to be a war weapons broker who did business with the Tamil Tigers and human traffickers.

Colonel Thawee said he was released from jail in Malaysia in April after serving two years for posing a national security threat.

DSI deputy chief Police Colonel Naras Savestanan said Mudbahem and Hussein trafficked people, most of them Rohingya, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis and charged them at least Bt200,000 ($US5,858) each.

He said their gang was involved with war weapons and also with the drugs trade in the southern region.

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