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Monday, 11 June 2012 - 18:34
Swiss prosecutor takes Tamil investigation abroad
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A Swiss news report said yesterday that investigators from the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's office will arrive in Sri Lanka to interrogate imprisoned former members of the LTTE.

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's office is investigating the money laundering activities of 12 Swiss Tamils to finance the war in Sri Lanka.

The NZZ newspaper reported that Swiss prosecutors in Sri Lanka will question some 25 people from senior ranks of the LTTE some of whom are currently imprisoned.

The Swiss prosecutors will also visit The Netherlands to interview the head of finance of the LTTE who is imprisoned there.

According to the report, the prosecutors suspect that the LTTE members have used fake pay slips of Sri Lankan residents in Switzerland to obtain loans of between $73,000 - 104,000 used to finance weapons purchases during the civil war.

The Swiss Prosecutor's office has made an official request to Sri Lankan authorities last year to obtain permission to interrogate the LTTE members and Sri Lankan authorities have granted the request.

However, the interrogations will take place only in the presence of Swiss lawyers and no Sri Lankan authorities will be present during the interrogations to avoid undue pressure on the witnesses.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands last October convicted and sentenced five Sri Lankan Tamils accused of extorting money from other Dutch Tamils to fund the terrorist activities of LTTE.

The five men, all of whom are now Dutch citizens, had run front organizations like the Tamil Youth Organization and the Dutch Tamil Arts and Culture Organization to collect millions of euros to finance the terror war in Sri Lanka.

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