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GERMANY ARRESTS LTTE SUSPECT

German authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing captured government soldiers as a member of the LTTE rebel group a decade ago.

Federal prosecutors said a judge ordered Thursday the 36-year-old, identified only as Sivatheeban B. because of German privacy rules, detained pending a potential indictment. He was arrested Wednesday in the Duesseldorf area, suspected of committing war crimes and membership in a foreign terrorist organization, ABC reported yesterday

Prosecutors say he belonged to the (Tamil Tigers) from 2006-2009.

They allege that in 2008, he tied up 16 soldiers and guarded them as they were driven to a site where they were shot.

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 when government forces defeated the rebels, who fought to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils.

The news came in the wake of former Inspector General of Malaysia Tan Sri Musa Hassan was quoted by Bernama News as having said that the threat of LTTE should not be taken lightly.

Musa has told to Bernama News that LTTE in Sri Lanka may have been defeated, but its ideology and sympathisers still exist around the world posing a threat, former Inspector-General of Malaysian Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has said.

Hassan said the LTTE’s ideology and supporters still posed a threat to any country including Malaysia.

Musa said the threat of the LTTE should not be taken lightly as the United States and the United Nations listed them as a terrorist group and it was also banned in Malaysia and 32 other countries.