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Financial head of LTTE's front organisation arrested

December 15, 2009 14:57 IST

Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department has arrested the head of the finance division of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, a front organisation for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Jaffna.

He is alleged to have provided millions of rupees to the Tiger rebels for their war efforts. Investigations have claimed that he had provided TRO funds to slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, its political head S Thamil Selvan and several key members, according to website.

He was arrested by a special team of officers in Chunnakam on Sunday where he lived with his wife. Prior to his arrest, he had lived in a welfare camp in Vavuniya for a few months and moved to Chunnakam a few weeks ago.

The suspect has admitted to his interrogators that he had transferred millions of rupees to the LTTE accounts from the TRO funds, the website said. In November last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka had confiscated the frozen funds of the suspected LTTE front TRO while warning the general public against any financial association with the outfit.

A sum of approximately Sri Lankan Rupees 71 million, which was lying to the credit of the TRO at the time the funds of the group were frozen, were forfeited to the state, the bank had said.

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