KUALA LUMPUR, May 25, 2014 (AFP) – Three men suspected of being Tamil Tigers have been arrested in Malaysia, a top police official said Sunday, accusing them of attempting to revive the Sri Lankan separatist group. Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector-general of police, said the trio, who had been in Malaysia since 2004, were arrested in multiple raids in the central Selangor state on May 15, and were being held under the Immigration Act.
“They used Malaysia as a base to collect funds, spread their propaganda, and were attempting to revive the defunct terrorist group at the international level,” he said in a statement.
Police also seized propaganda materials of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and some money in various foreign currencies.
There is a small but affluent Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora living in multi-racial Malaysia after migrating from their homeland many decades ago.
Khalid said they were registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and so had been able to remain in Malaysia since 2004 without visas.
“We will not allow the country to be used as a place for them to hide or conduct any terror activities in the country or on foreign soil,” he said.
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