Despite futile LTTE attempts to buy over agencies:
US played decisive role in dismantling LTTE networks - Prof. Rohan
Although a handful of US officials in the State Department react to
LTTE lobbying, the US played a decisive role in dismantling the strong
LTTE international procurement network, International Terrorism Expert,
Prof. Rohan Gunaratna said yesterday.
Speaking to the `Sunday Observer’ from Singapore, Prof. Gunaratna
said the US Government, particularly the Department of Defence, the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) have played a decisive role in cracking the LTTE
The latest of such arrests was the Singaporean businessman and former
Reform Party member Balraj Naidu on a US extradition case last
week.According to media reports Naidu is wanted by the US on two
terrorism related charges and for allegedly brokering arms deals with
Prof. Gunaratna said, “The US hunt against the LTTE weapons
procurements intensified since 2006. This generated the intelligence
that led to the destruction of the LTTE shipping fleet berthed along the
A total of six LTTE ships were destroyed with the help of shared Sri
As the LTTE was planning to bribe US officials and politicians,
including an attempt to delist LTTE from the list of proscribed
terrorist groups in US, the FBI stepped up their operations in Asia.
“This led to the discovery of more networks from Thailand to
Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, China and
North Korea,” he said.
Based on their information the most important LTTE procurement
officer, the third in command of the procurement wing Pratheepan
Thavarasa was arrested in Indonesia in late 2006 and flown to US via
This was pivotal in the disruption of LTTE fund raising, procurement
and many other support activities in Canada, US and in South East Asia.
The man arrested in Singapore recently was also reported to be one of
the procurement agents of the LTTE.
“Today a handful of US officials in the State Department are reacting
to LTTE lobbying in the Washington DC and making unsubstantiated
allegations that there were human rights violations in the final phase
of the campaign against the LTTE.”
Prof.Gunaratna said, however, the US Defence Department, fully aware
of the ground reality, has portrayed an accurate picture of what
The investigations revealed that the Sri Lankan troops did not target
any civilians like the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there was
collateral damage as the LTTE used a human shield as a cover to target
the Sri Lankan military.