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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Links between Australian drug kingpin Sukumaran and LTTE to

[b]Links between Australian drug kingpin Sukumaran and LTTE to be probed[/b]

[b]Jakarta , 16 February, ([/b] Indonesia hopes to obtain Interpol assistance to investigate into the alleged links between the convicted drug smuggler of Tamil origin Mayuran Sukumaran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the militant group fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka. Sukumaran was found guilty of trying to smuggle heroin from Bali to Australia and was sentenced to death yesterday.

Mayuran Sukumaran was one of the two masterminds of a drug smuggling carter and he was arrested together with eight others. The so-called "Bali nine" were arrested last April, trying to smuggle more than 8.2kg (18lb) of heroin to Sydney. Sukumarn and the other ringleader were sentenced to death on Tuesday, and four others have been given life terms.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, referring o the death sentence, said the group's actions had been "stupid", and said the verdicts were a warning to others. But he said his government would still seek clemency for the two men sentenced to death.

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