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Two top Tamil LTTE leaders arrested under UK Terrorism Law

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

London June 22 (Asiantribune.com): Two leading office bearers of the British Tamil Association (BTA) were arrested yesterday early morning by the UK's counter terrorism command and are now being held in Police custody.

AC Shanthan, president of the BTA, believed to be the LTTE's top man here and the association's head of finance Goldan Lambert were arrested in connection with the demonstration held at Hyde Park last July at which cutouts of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran were displayed on the stage and flags with the LTTE emblem were flown.

Yesterday, Lambert was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK from Dubai.

The two were arrested under Section 12 (3) of the UK Terrorism Act with prohibits "support for a terrorist organisation." The LTTE was banned among some 20 other groups, as a foreign terrorist organisation in 2001 after the act became law the previous year.

Immediately after the arrests, the anti-terrorist police launched simultaneous raids on the head office of the BTA "Eelam House" located in Mitcham, Surrey and the office of the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) in Colindale, London.

The Hyde Park rally that sparked off the year long investigation that led to today's arrests was organised by the BTA and the TYO.

Shanthan and Lambert will not be entitled to bail under the Terrorism Act and could be held for 28 days in custody during which any formal charges would have to be filed.

Informed sources said that other arrests could follow once the police siphon through any evidence obtained following the two raids.

More details will follow as it become available

- Asian Tribune -

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