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Last updated: 26 April, 2010 - Published 17:01 GMT
 
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Netherlands arrest 'LTTE suspects'
 
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Authorities in Netherlands say that the group is linked to the Tamil Tigers
Seven Tamil Tiger suspects were arrested by the authorities in the Netherlands, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Netherlands, Grace Asirvathan, confirmed to BBC Sandeshaya.

The arrest was made after an intensive study of the LTTE banned activities in the Netherlands, the National Criminal office said.

It said sixteen residences and businesses searched in the operation.

Computers, paperwork, phones, documents, photos, DVDs and a sum totaling more than 40,000 euros were seized.

"Among the suspects are the leaders of various organizations of Tamils in the Netherlands, which probably play a role in the international network of the LTTE," the justice ministry said in a statement.

Leaders of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO), the Tamil Women Organisation (TWO) and the Tamil Arts and Cultural Organization Netherlands (TKCO), are believed to be among the suspects.

The Tamil Tigers are listed as a banned terrorist organisation within the European Union.

 
 
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