US finds LTTE financial network still operational, ban remains

LTTE FlagThe United States has found that the LTTE’s financial network of support continued operations in 2015 and so the ban on the outfit in the US will remain.

The LTTE, in the past used its international contacts and the large Tamil diaspora in North America, Europe, and Asia to procure weapons, communications, funds, and other needed supplies. The group employed charities as fronts to collect and divert funds for its activities.

The US State Department, in its annual country reports on terrorism, said that there have been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could verifiably be attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but a total of 13 LTTE supporters, several of whom had allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomatic facilities in India, were arrested in Malaysia in 2014.

Additional LTTE members were arrested in Malaysia and India in 2015, one of whom was accused of exhorting other Sri Lankans to fund and revive the LTTE.

The US report noted that in 2015, the Sri Lankan Government maintained a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible reemergence of LTTE sympathizers, but the new, democratically-elected Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized its commitment to seek political reconciliation with the Tamil community, including through talks with the Tamil diaspora.

The report also said that the security services’ focus on a possible LTTE resurgence affected the government’s attention to emerging threats, such as reports of Sri Lankan foreign terrorist fighters joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Although the Sri Lankan Government maintained a comprehensive counterterrorism stance, counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2015 was limited.

The report further noted that Sri Lanka continued to operate a one-year long rehabilitation program for former alleged LTTE combatants, participation in which was mandatory for a majority of the prisoners formerly held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) who were released on bail. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t trust the kings who divide and conquer others. If they are not happy with you they would do everything to create disasters. Act like you trust them, but do your part to control terrorism.

  2. This is the country that goes after individuals who avoid paying tax and hides their money in offshore accounts with the full weight of US law. Yet for them to go after terrorist financing and particular of the LTTE and to stop them nothing. they wont even prosecute the individuals or groups or even confiscate the money. despite they are still operating under the US ban. what a joke

    • If you trust the white devils, you have to be the biggest fools. Middle East leaders trusted them, now they are paying for it. Lucky Asia, it has China as a buffer.

  3. Tamils in Sri Lanka should know how to live with Sinhalese and allow Sinhalese to live in the North and East too. Then the terrorism will be finished. Politicos should should facilitate this. Yahapalanaya has no backbone to to this. It is just dancing to the tune of minorities. what a joke.

  4. The main threat to world is islamic terrorism even srilanka is slowly facing it is not ltte . Srilanka and india surrounded by islamic countries like maldives. Banhladesh. Pakisthan.malaysia.indonesia.and the large muslim population within india and srilanka will one day become a problem to counter such islamic terrorism the ban on ltte should be removed tamils should be given independent eelam there are a lot of muslim population in ampara district srilanka those will be attacked . Even india muslims following strict islamic religion will be attacked. You cannot use army against islamic terrorism . Terrorism can only be countered by terrorism. The saying goes iron can only be countered by iron. I remember nostradamus famous prophecy islamic religion against all other religion.

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