Tamil Tigers' finance chief arrested in Bangkok

Thai police has reportedly arrested the chief arm procurer of the Sri Lanka group Tamil Tigers, media here reported Tuesday, citing foreign sources.

Tamil Tigers' finance chief arrested in Bangkok
Thai police has reportedly arrested the chief arm procurer of the Sri Lanka group Tamil Tigers, media here reported Tuesday, citing foreign sources.

Citing a report from online newspaper Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka, Bangkok Post and The Nation news website here said that Kumaran Pathmanadan has been arrested by police in Bangkok on Monday evening, although Thai authorities have not yet confirmed the news.

Pathmanadan is allegedly one of the top officials in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the formal name of for Tamil Tigers, and the group's chief procurer of arms. He has been on Interpol's Most Wanted list for a number of years, and also been implicated in several assassinations of political leaders.

The report said Pathmanadan apparently had obtained Thai citizenship, and he continued to run the global network of Tamil Tigers offices and its weapons procurement, logistics and money laundering operations.

His arrest followed the detention of three Tamil Tigers' operatives, who were allegedly trying to buy guns and 45,000 rounds of ammunition, in Thailand's southern coastal province of Ranong last month.

All four were suspected of running a Tamil Tiger gun-running ring centered in Thailand to smuggle weapons to the group in Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tigers has been designated as a terrorist group by most western countries, but not by Thailand.

Agencies
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