May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka ruling alliance party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU)has demanded Norway to immediately hand over the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in that country to face trial in Sri Lanka.
The JHU in a letter written to the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo has urged Norway to handover Oslo-based LTTE leader Siwaparan, Perinbanayagam alias Nediyavan to Sri Lankan authorities.
"We urge Norway to immediately handover Nediyavan to Sri Lankan authorities so that he can be tried for all his many crimes against the state of Sri Lanka and the people of Sri Lanka," JHU General Secretary and government Minister Champika Ranawaka has written to the Norwegian Ambassador.
Sri Lanka last month got Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the arrest of 37-year-old Nediyavan who is believed to have financed the terrorist activities of LTTE.
According to the Minister, the LTTE leader lives freely in Oslo despite the Interpol arrest warrant against him.
Sri Lanka recently arrested a senior LTTE leader Nathagoopan who was reportedly one of the two deputy leaders of the LTTE's overseas operations under the command of Nediyavan.
Investigations on Nathagoopan's activities have uncovered that Nediyavan is involved in attempts to revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Further investigations have revealed that the three LTTE operatives, who were recently killed in a clash with the army in the North, were functioning under the instructions of Nediyavan and Vinayagam, another LTTE leader in France to prepare the ground for another armed struggle.
The Sri Lankan government on April 01 banned the LTTE and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups and some 430 individuals alleged of having terror links and involved in reviving the terrorist movement in the country.