Swiss Police have raided several properties and arrested 10 Tamil tiger rebels, accusing them of involvement in a criminal group as well as money laundering.
The Attorney-General’s Office said the Swiss Federal Criminal Police carried out a nationally coordinated operation. It was directed at Tamil individuals and LTTE members. The Attorney General’s Office said they are accused, among other offences, of money laundering and membership of a criminal organization. Some 23 premises were raided in 10 cantons, leading to the arrests in the operation that came after a criminal probe into activities of Tamil tigers in Switzerland. Authorities found that the accused had forced their fellow countrymen to take out large loans, and to hand over the funds. Those who refused were threatened with reprisals.
A statement said that several million Swiss francs had been raised and transferred to Sri Lanka where they were used to finance LTTE activities, in particular, in the purchase of ‘war materials.