British police arrest fourth Sri Lanka Tiger activist

LONDON, May 6, 2008 (AFP) – British police said they arrested a man under anti-terror laws Tuesday as part of their long-running probe into the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Sri Lanka. The 51-year-old was arrested in the Swindon area of south-west England under the Terrorism Act and is in custody.

Three others are being held and two people have been charged as part of the investigation.

“Earlier today a 51-year-old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 at an address in the Swindon area on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,” a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police told AFP.

“He is now in custody at a central London police station.

“It’s a long-term investigation into the alleged funding of procurement activity in support of terrorism overseas.

“The investigation is not linked to Al-Qaeda activity,” he added.

Detectives were granted Monday an extra eight days to question the three men — aged 46, 39 and 33 — already in custody. They were arrested in raids on April 29.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are fighting for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka, are designa