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Seven LTTE suspects arrested in Netherlands

world Updated: Apr 27, 2010 19:17 IST
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Seven Tamil Tiger suspects were arrested by the authorities in the Netherlands, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the country, Grace Asirvathan, said on Monday.

The arrests were made after an intensive study of the LTTE banned activities in the Netherlands, the BBC Sandeshaya (Sinhala) quoted the National Criminal office in the European nation as saying.

It said sixteen houses and businesses were searched in the operation. Computers, paperwork, phones, documents, photos, DVDs and a sum totaling more than 40,000 euros were seized.

"Among the suspects are the leaders of various organizations of Tamils in the Netherlands, which probably play a role in the international network of the LTTE," the justice ministry said in a statement.

Leaders of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO), the Tamil Women Organisation (TVO) and the Tamil Arts and Cultural Organization Netherlands (TKCO), are believed to be among the suspects, it said.

The BBC’s Sinhala language unit said Asirvathan confirmed that the arrests were made.