No. 3 LTTE fugitive held for arms smuggling
The Indonesian intelligence officers have taken into custody, the No.
3 fugitive of the Tiger arms smuggling ring, Pradeepan Thevaraja who was
named in the most wanted list by Interpol.
The Anti-Terrorist Group of Indonesia nabbed Thevaraja on Thursday
afternoon in Jakarta.
There were twelve passports in his possession at the time of his
arrest. Passports indicated the suspect had frequently travelled in the
United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mayanmar
and Afghanistan. Thevaraja, born on November 7, 1974, was believed to be
the No. 3 in the KP department of arms smuggling of the LTTE after
international fugitive Kumaran Pathmanathan, LTTE's main arms smuggler.
The Indonesian intelligence services was on his trail for the past
one year. Movement reports of the suspect had been shared by the Sri
Lanka Embassy in Jakarta and the State Intelligence Service of Indonesia
Indonesian officers believe that Thevaraja had arrived in Indonesia
to arrange an arms shipment to Sri Lanka. According to another report
the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) has demanded the extradition of
Thevaraja for questioning and further investigations.
Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Jakarta, Gen. Janaka Perera hailed the
arrest as a significant breakthrough in countering the LTTE arms
"I wish to thank the Indonesian Government and its state Intelligence
Services," said Gen Perera.