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Swiss papers say LTTE has extorted money

Jan 17, 2011 8:55:26 AM - itnnews.lk

Swiss newspapers reported that members of the LTTE allegedly extorted millions from ethnic Tamils in Switzerland ..

The lawyer for one alleged victim has said that his client was forced to take out an 80,000 Swiss-franc loan and give the money to the rebel group’s office in Switzerland. Swiss prosecutors have now set up telephone hotlines to encourage others in Switzerland’s large Tamil community who may have been victims of extortion to come forward. The allegations formed the basis for a series of police raids on Tuesday against Tamil individuals and companies across Switzerland. Prosecutors announced earlier this week that 10 people were arrested in the raids, of whom eight are still being detained. The raids were conducted amidst the increasing crime rate in Switzerland.