KUALA LUMPUR, April 23, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysia said it has arrested and deported several leaders of the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tiger rebels over the past few months to prevent them setting up a hub in the country. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a statement late Thursday he had informed Sri Lanka of the action against the unnamed leaders of the Tigers between August last year and March this year.
“We did not want them here any longer than necessary,” Fuzi Harun, the director of Malaysia’s federal special operations force, was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times on Friday.
“Our preventive action was to stop them from turning the country into their hub or base for global terrorist operations,” he added.
Officials declined to give information about the identity of those arrested or how many.
The Tamil Tiger rebels were crushed by security forces in May last year after 37 years of conflict which claimed up to 100,000 lives.