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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

French Police cancel LTTE’s protest rally in Paris; LTTE fund collectors on the run

Paris, 08 April, In a firm crackdown on Tamil Tiger activities, French police has cancelled the permission granted earlier to hold a protest rally in Paris condemning police arrest of LTTE cadres on the April Fool's day .

The protest rally was scheduled for 09 April from 2 PM to 5 PM at Trocadéro in Paris. But signalling to the Tamil Tigers that they can no longer abuse French privileges the Prefecture du Paris has cancelled thé permission granted earlier to hold the protest rally.

Following this cancellation, a handfull of plain-clothesmen were seen removing the pasted posters and placard placed in Le Chappel and other areas announcing the proposed rally in.

The LTTE-controlled business chamber, youth organization and women front of the LTTE were involved in organizing the proposed protest rally Trocadéro.

In the meantime, informed sources said that some of the arrested LTTE cadres have confessed to being members of the LTTE in Vanni, Sri Lanka, working for the separatists’ Tamil outfit and the monies collected are used for the purchase of arms and ammunitions. They have also confessed that many of them have visited Vanni after the Ceasefire Agreement signed in February 2002 with the LTTE and Sri Lanka Government and undergone three months training in the use of lethal weapons.

It is also reported that some of the Tiger cadres have revealed to the French Police the names and addresses of almost all those second generation Tamil youths who got their training in the use of weapons in Vanni. LTTE cadres are disturbed by this new development. They have accused those Tamils who betrayed them as "traitors". They suspect that the Tamil informants had bargained for their release without charges in exchange for information.

Hard core LTTEers also fear that too much information has gone into the hands of the French Police which may lead to the closing down of the Tamil Coordinating Committee office (LTTE office in Paris) TRO office, Makkal kadai (People Shop) and the TTN Television would be closed and sealed permanently.

Knowing that there is no way out of the current crackdown several LTTE agents are on the run, to avoid being arrested. Almost all of them are those who were responsible for collecting funds by coercing the Tamil diaspora in France.

Vasanthan, the main man in charge of the collection of funds in Sarcelle, has vanished with the money he has collected.

On 05 April, French anti-terror judges filed preliminary charges against 15 people suspected of funneling millions of euros to the internationally banned Tamil Tiger terrorists. .

The suspects, who were placed in preventive detention, face preliminary charges of extortion, financing terrorism and "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise" — a blanket charge often used in France that carries a 10-year maximum sentence.

French police has so far not released the names of those LTTE cadres arrested and remanded by the courts.

According to available information, Nadarasa Mathhenthiran (Regan) alias Parithy, head of the Tamil Coordinating Committee in Paris, Aravindan Thuraisamy alias Metha who is in charge of Propaganda and Thuraisamy Jeyamoorthy alias Sinna Jeya who is the LTTE treasurer with training in the use of arms in Vanni in 2003 and the owner of two houses in Paris are the three of the fifteen LTTE members remanded by the courts.

- Asian Tribune -

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