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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 6.32 GMT

Germany indicts top LTTE leader


A spokesman for the LTTE in Germany has been indicted on terrorism charges, Germany’s federal justice authorities said yesterday (7) in Karlsruhe.

Agilan W., who now holds German citizenship, was arrested in November and indicted Jan 24. Prosecutors said he was spokesman in Germany for the Tamil Coordination Committee, a front for the LTTE, from 2004 to the end of 2009 and oversaw its public relations. Three other leaders of an alleged LTTE front were earlier arrested and indicted.

No date was given for the 35-year-old's trial on a charge of membership in a foreign terrorist organisation and breaching German export laws. That charge relates to his allegedly purchasing equipment worth 370,000 euros ($500,000) from group funds to LTTE and sent this gear to Sri Lanka, German media reported.

The European Union declared the LTTE a terrorist group in June 2007. Germany indicted three other activists in the TCC, Vijikanendra V.S., Sasitharan M. and Koneswaran T. in August.







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