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 Post subject: 13 suspected Tamil Tigers arrested in Indonesia: report
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:45 pm 
13 Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger rebels arrested in Indonesia: report

The raid targeted a group of 20 men who stayed at a small hotel in Pandeglang regency, Banten province. "Most of them are young people with muscular bodies and crew cut hair," said Banten police spokesman Sen. Commr. Sudaryanto. But it was unclear why police suspected them as Tamil Tiger rebels.

Source: Xinhua / 30 Aug 2006

The Indonesian police claimed Wednesday it has arrested 13 suspected members of Sri Lanka's separatist group Tamil Tiger during a recent raid in the southern Java coast.

The raid targeted a group of 20 men who stayed at a small hotel in Pandeglang regency, Banten province, about 100 km southwest of Jakarta, reported the national Antara news agency.

A police spokesman was quoted as saying seven members of the group escaped the raid but search is underway.

"Most of them are young people with muscular bodies and crew cut hair," said Banten police spokesman Sen. Commr. Sudaryanto.

He said the 13 men had been handed to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Jakarta.

They stayed at the hotel after their boat was stranded in the coast Tuesday. They reportedly were moving to Australia.

Police said all the detainees failed to show travel documents.

But it was unclear why police suspected them as Tamil Tiger rebels.


Source: Xinhua


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 Post subject: Indonesian police arrest 13 alleged Tamil Tiger guerillas
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:25 pm 
Indonesian police arrest 13 alleged Tamil Tiger guerillas

The 13 arrested Sri Lankans were later identified as Surrenthiran, 28, K Atharan, 29, Nathyalangan, 24, Suthan, 23, Thas, 29, Anggaram, 22, Koperan, 28, Vikki, 23, Suren, 24, Kayam, 23, Thampi, 23, Tholapati, 29, and the other one whose identity remained unclear.

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30Aug2006


Pandeglang, Banten (ANTARA News) - Banten police arrested 13 Sri Lankans who were allegedly members of Tamil Tiger guerrilla group at Retno Hotel here on Wednesday, local police spokesman Second Brigadier Cecep has said.

"Police arrested them when they were taking a rest at their hotel," Cecep said, adding that 13 Sri Lankans arrived in Pandeglang, Banten province, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday after their boat stranded at a local beach.

After an ivestigation, the police found that they were illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka because they had no official immigration document at all.

Cecep said that according to information he got from the leader of the illegal immigrants, Surrenthiran, 28, there were actually 20 people but seven of them ran away from the hotel before they were arrested by the local police.

"At present we are still hunting the seven other Sri Lankans who fled to Lebak district," Cecep said.

He added that the 13 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka were alleged to be Tamil Tiger guerrillas because most of them were hefty men with skin-headed.

Tentative investigation indicated that they were originally heading for Australia when their boat was hit by big waves and finally stranded at Banten waters on Tuesday.

The 13 arrested Sri Lankans were later identified as Surrenthiran, 28, K Atharan, 29, Nathyalangan, 24, Suthan, 23, Thas, 29, Anggaram, 22, Koperan, 28, Vikki, 23, Suren, 24, Kayam, 23, Thampi, 23, Tholapati, 29, and the other one whose identity remained unclear.

Cecep said that soon after the arrest, they were herded to Serang Immigration office but because of the absence of quarantine room, they were then brought to Jakarta and handed over to the International Organization of Migration (IOM).

Meanwhile, Banten police public relation chief Sen Com Sudaryanto confirmed the arrest but he remained uncertain if the 13 Sri Lankans were Tiger guerrilla members or ordinary people.

"They were indeed hefty men with skinny head but it`s difficult for us to say that they were Tiger guerrilla members because they had no official identity or document at all," Sudaryanto said.



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