LTTE leader Nediyawan arrested in Oslo for terror financing

May 20, Colombo: A Norway-based LTTE leader Perinpanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyawan has been arrested and was produced in an Oslo court yesterday, Norwegian TV2 news Nyhetene reported.

According to the Norwegian media report Dutch authorities believe the suspect has a prominent role in the terrorist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is banned in 33 countries including the USA, UK, Australia, and European Union but not in Norway.

The Dutch police had reportedly taken a court order to search Nediyawan’s house and the material discovered had linked him to terror financing. The Dutch investigators believe he has contributed millions to the LTTE.

The LTTE has been on EUs terrorist list since 2006, and financial support to the organization is considered a criminal offence in the Netherlands.

A Dutch judge and five Dutch Defence Attorneys are in Norway to interrogate the LTTE leader who has lived in Norway since 2005, the report further said.

The Police Security Service (PST) did not want to make a comment on the secret case, but has confirmed to TV 2 that they assisted Dutch police with the interrogation in the District Court.

A Tamil living in Norway, Nadarajah Sethurapan has told the TV2 that Tamil Tigers are engaged in racketeering in Norway to continue the struggle in Sri Lanka. He has told the TV2 that he has paid over 33,000 Krones (about 6,000 USD).

According to Sethurapan he paid money to the Tamil Tigers from 2002 to 2009. Finally he had enough and reported the matter to police, he told the TV2.

Norwegian police and prosecutors are following the terror financing case closely Secretary of State Paul Lnseth has told the TV 2.

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