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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Top LTTE Agent in Cyprus Arrested

Niccossia, 13 February, ( ): Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha was arrested by the Cyprus Police Thursday 12 February, on information provided by the Tamil community. According to the information he was one of the foremost agents of the LTTE. The investigators found that Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha had come to Cyprus on a second passport obtained from the Immigration Department in Colombo, and his real name was Thiyagarajah and hailed from Vavuniya.

After having entered Cyprus under his real name, and after his contract is over he went back to Sri Lanka and obtained this false passport under the name of Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha. He spoke Sinhalese quite well and there was no Tamil accent and he pretended to be a Sinhalese, but moved with very few Sinhalese friends who had helped him to continue his business on spurious marriages, of the € 5,000/- he earned on each marriage, he had funded the LTTE terror outfit by transmitting money to various agents to procure arms to fight in Sri Lanka.

Recent demonstration held by the LTTE in the capital of Cyprus of Nicosia was his undoing. On the instructions of the Sri Lankan Embassy, the entire demonstration was videographed and submitted to the authorities who had been bit puzzled by the fact that Rohan Priyantha whom everyone thought was a Sinhalese, has taken part of the demonstration.

Prior to this some Tamil women whose spurious marraige of convenience was annulled by Court, had complained to the Justice Department regarding the danger they have fallen into, and their grievances.

Thereafter, the Police obtained a search warrant and went to the premises where Rohan Priyantha was residing and there they saw large portrait of Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, and on either side of the photograph was a map and a flag of the Tamil Eelam.

There was a gun kept on a pedestal just below the photograph, and when he was questioned he admitted that he was a Tamil and his real name was Thiyagarajah and came from Vavuniya and his hero is Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Thereafter, he was informed that LTTE is banned in Cyprus and it’s against the law to display symbols of terrorists, flags, or photographs. The Police also had found Sri Lankan passports, copies of visas, applications for Refugee Status and €10,000/-. He was remanded for 08 days pending investigation and was committed to the Police custody and is to be kept at Likavitos Police Station at Nicosia.

Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Prime Minister and Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services when they visited Cyprus met the high ranking authorities in Cyprus with the High Commissioner Hemantha Warnakulasuriya and explained to the authorities about the re-emergence of the LTTE in Europe and informed them that Italy has taken step forward by arresting the Tiger supporters who are funding the terrorists organizations and said that, they had information that even in Cyprus there were at least one or two Tiger cells instrumental in extortion of money from Tamil migrant workers and was engaged in various rackets in order to make money to transmit to the LTTE.

The High Commissioner informed the authorities that it has been now proven that LTTE had direct connections with Alqaeda and other terrorists organizations that engaged in drug trafficking to supplement the LTTE to fight a war of terror in Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Cyprus has submitted the information received about the LTTE activities to the Cyprus government.

The Government of Italy has taken a very strong stand against the LTTE and is extremely vigilant in apprehending any LTTE activities. Three days ago one of the biggest LTTE agency in Sicily was conducting a Super Market with outdated food was apprehended and has been questioning about his activities about transmitting money to the LTTE.

The Italian Police is confident that the information they receive about LTTE is being shared with other European States including France and Germany who had formed a close nexus with Italian Police in order to apprehend the LTTE activities which is banned in those countries.

In the meantime it is learnt that the Embassy of Sri Lanka has requested the Cyprus Government to deport Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha to Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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