May 27, George Town: Malaysian police chief has been challenged to prove that the three Sri Lankan nationals arrested by the police recently were members of the Tamil terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang state, P. Ramasamy has challenged the Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to show proof that the three detained Tamil refugees were LTTE militants, the Malaysian news agency Bernama reported.
Ramasamy has said that the LTTE no longer exists after their defeat in 2009 and the arrested Sri Lankans are Tamil refugees.
"I challenge the inspector-general of police to show proof and I am prepared to debate with him. Do not just detain Tamil refugees who are in need of shelter," he has said.
The Deputy Chief Minister has charged that the Malaysian police just act on the information provided by Sri Lanka and do not investigate.
He claimed that the crackdown on the terror network in the country is a plan of the Sri Lankan government to avoid an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the civil war.
“Please give evidence about their terror activities, if there is none, stop harassing them,” he has said.
Malaysia's Counter Terrorism Division of the police's Special Branch on May 15arrested three men suspected to be members of LTTE in multiple raids in Petaling Jaya and Klang, Selangor.
During the raids, the Malaysian Police also have seized LTTE propaganda material, media equipment and currencies from 24 countries worth RM 20,176.53 (approximately US$ 6,280), the Inspector-General said.
According to Malaysian police initial investigations have found that the suspects had used Malaysia as a base to collect data and spread propaganda, while trying to revive the defunct LTTE terrorist group at the international level.
The Malaysian authorities have deported the three LTTE suspects to Sri Lanka.
Since 2009 Malaysian police had detained eight LTTE members, including a man believed to be the second in command of the group and all have been deported to Sri Lanka to face prosecution for terrorist acts.