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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2896

Tamil Tiger terrorists arrested in Italy, on charges of extortion and drug related offences

Rome, 18 June, ( It has been officially confirmed that 30 members of the LTTE who are involved in collecting money for the terror outfit by extortion have been arrested in the early. morning by the by the Anti terrorism Unit in seven different regions in Italy This operation has been conducted by the Anti terrorism units of Naples and Palermo, and involved over 200 police agents in various cities in the various regions.

Sri Lanka Embassy in Italy in a statement reveals that at Palermo, the Authorities have arrested 8 Tamil suspects accused of membership to a terrorist organization. It is reported that the Tamil community living in Palermo has complained to the Police authorities against extortion, intimidation, and harassments committed by the LTTE members in the area.

As this action has been taken after collection of confirmed evidence, the authorities believed that the suspects will be dealt with according to the law of Italy.

The definition of terrorism in Article 270 bis of the Italian Penal Code has been amended by Law 155/2005, which came into force on 02nd August 2005, and includes promoting, constituting, organizing , managing or financing organizations which intend to carry out violent activities, or assisting any individual (excluding a close relative) who participates in such organizations.

Law 438 of 15 December 2001, on Urgent Measures Against International Terrorism, extended the provisions of Art. 270 of the Penal Code to cover international terrorism. Art. 270 bis provides for a term of imprisonment of between 7 to 15 years for individuals found to promote, constitute, organize, lead or finance organizations which promote violence for terrorists ends or to upset the democratic order. It also provides for imprisonment of 5 to 10 years for individuals who associate with such organizations. Art. 270 tris provides for imprisonment for up to 4 years for those harbouring or assisting terrorists.

The Eambassy of Sri Lanka in its statement pointed out that it will coordinate with Italian authorities for further investigation.

- Asian Tribune -

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