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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

Sri Lankan alleged war crime suspect arrested in Germany

From A correspondent
Berlin, 04 August, (

According to a US Newspaper, ‘The Charlotte Observer’, German authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing captured government soldiers as a member of the Tamil Tigers rebel group a decade ago.

The Associated Press agency report carried in the paper said, a Federal court judge ordered on August 2, the detention of the 36-year-old, identified only as Sivatheeban B., because of German privacy rules. He is detained pending a potential indictment, the report adds.

He was arrested on Wednesday in the Dusseldorf area, suspected of committing war crimes and membership in a foreign terrorist organization.

Prosecutors say he belonged to the Tamil Tigers from 2006-2009. They allege that, in 2008, he tied up 16 soldiers and guarded them as they were driven to a site where they were shot.

Sri Lanka's civil war ended in 2009 when government forces defeated the rebels, who fought to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils.

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