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 Post subject: Arrested Sinhalese journalists trained by Tamil Tigers
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:10 am 
Arrested Sinhalese journalists trained by Tamil Tigers

"Journalists, Lalith Seneviratne and Sisira Priyantha, and graphic designer Nihal Senasinghe were arrested Monday. The three had confessed to carrying out several recent bomb attacks on the outskirts of Colombo after receiving training from LTTE and had been involved in smuggling arms to Colombo and suburbs".

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@ Agencies / February 7, 2007

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka --Sri Lankan police have arrested two journalists and a graphic designer for helping ethnic Tamil rebels in their campaign for an independent homeland, the government said Wednesday.

Journalists, Lalith Seneviratne and Sisira Priyantha, and graphic designer Nihal Senasinghe were arrested Monday, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. They worked at Akuna, a bimonthly newspaper, and belong to the country's majority Sinhalese ethnic group.

Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says the three journalists had visited the LTTE controlled areas and even had been involved in smuggling arms to Colombo and suburbs.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasing said the three had confessed to carrying out several recent bomb attacks on the outskirts of Colombo after receiving training from rebels. No one was injured in the attacks.

"It's very clear that these three people are directly linked (to the rebels) and have been planning to create a massive calamity in and around Colombo," said Rambukwella.

Reporters were shown a video in which Seneviratne said they had been trained by Tamil Tiger rebels in the use of weapons and explosives, and had received automatic rifles, explosives and ammunition.

According to information revealed from the three journalists security forces have found 6 kg's of C 4 explosives, 4 t 56 firearms, 449 live ammunition, 2 pistols, 2 claymores weighing 1 kg each, 60 electronic detonators and several other explosives, when the cache was buried near a house in Kaluthara.

Samarasing said an investigation was under way to determine whether the suspects were linked to two bus bombs last month that killed 21 people.

It was the second recent case in which ethnic Sinhalese have been accused of helping the Tamil rebels. Last month, the Defense Ministry said three Sri Lankan military officers were in custody and would face a court-martial for helping the insurgents.


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 Post subject: LTTE Colombo ring: More suspects to be arrested
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:41 am 
LTTE Colombo ring: More suspects to be arrested
Two of the suspects attended weekly defence news briefings
Rajagiriya, Nugegoda and Dehiwala were among selected targets

“I had a contact and friend by the name of Ravi who was the contact man for the LTTE. After discussions with him it was decided to meet the LTTE. This was about two years ago. We went to LTTE controlled areas to meet them and arrangements were made to train two batches in the use of explosives and weapons,” the suspect said.

@ DM/ Thursday, February 08, 2007

More arrests under the new terrorism laws are on the cards following startling allegations made by the three suspects taken into custody by the military on Monday night.

They allegedly confessed to having had links with the LTTE and were planning attacks on selected locations in and around Colombo.

Government defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said two of the suspects - former journalists of the ‘Hiru’ and ‘Akuna’ publications - had attended the weekly defence news briefings held at the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS).

“They were planning to create a massive calamity in Colombo,” Minister Rambukwella told the media yesterday adding that with the disclosures the Government was able to silence those who voiced their opposition to the arrests.

In their alleged confessions, clippings of which was aired to the media yesterday, one suspect gave a long list of names of Sinhala and Tamil individuals from whom he received assistance, including nearly Rs. 1.2 million from the main LTTE contact who was based in Canada.

“I had a contact and friend by the name of Ravi who was the contact man for the LTTE. After discussions with him it was decided to meet the LTTE. This was about two years ago. We went to LTTE controlled areas to meet them and arrangements were made to train two batches in the use of explosives and weapons,” the suspect said.

He said he was actively involved with the JVP in 1994 and 1995 before deciding to leave the party and work as a journalist, It was during this period that he developed ties with the LTTE with the intention of carrying out destructive acts.

“Some politicians, including Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, made statements in Parliament against the arrest. Mr. Wickremesinghe went to the extent of naming the man arrested and said he was an innocent trade unionist. But now that he has confessed how will Mr. Wickremesinghe justify his stand,” Minister Rambukwella asked.

Military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe raised suspicions of the possibility the suspects were behind the twin bus bombings last month in which over 20 passengers were killed and many more injured.

“They had with them the same type of explosives used for the bus bombings,” Brigadier Samarasinghe told the media. The Indian Oil Company (IOC) installation was among the targets of the suspects, he said.

Following the arrest, which Brigadier Samarasinghe said was after months of surveillance, the military was able to recover a haul of weapons and explosives, including C4 explosives.

The suspects were also believed to have been behind the simultaneous explosions which rocked Kiribathgoda, Wattala, Nugegoda and Mt. Lavinia early last year but didn’t cause any casualties or serious damages and were believed at the time to have been intended to create

“The LTTE sent us weapons including T-56 rifles, and C4 explosives. They were hidden to be used for small operations in Rajagiriya, Nugegoda and Dehiwala areas which were selected as targets. The first target was however Kiribathgoda,” one suspect said in his confession.

Minister Rambukwella said the Government would continue to use the new terrorism laws to make more arrests if necessary in the best interests of national security while emphasizing that such action would be required for the safety and security of the country. (ER)


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These types of traitors lived in Sri Lanka even during our kings times .we can win them with the help of the security forces. it is our responsibility to bring them down. Although I’m opposed of the capital punishment I’ think for traitors should be serve with the capital punishment. Government must continue to use the new terrorism laws to make more arrests if necessary in their effort to bring peace , harmony and properity to our motherland.


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