How and Why Twelve LTTE Suspects Were Arrested and Released in Malaysia

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

In October last year, twelve Malaysian Nationals of Tamil origin were arrested by the Malaysian Police over suspected links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and alleged involvement in terrorist activity. The head of Malaysian Police Special Branch Counter-Terrorism division Deputy Commissioner Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay went to town with claims of a huge terrorist conspiracy and network being uncovered. He also said investigations were continuing and that more details of terrorist financing and a plot to attack the Sri Lankan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur would be available soon.

Attorney – General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas

All twelve were arrested and detained under the Malaysian Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, known as SOSMA. However they were charged in courts for several offences relating to terrorism under the Malaysian Penal Code.Yet five months later in February this year when the trial date grew close, the Malaysian Attorney – General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas announced that he was dropping all charges against the dozen.

Subsequently all were discharged by courts in what amounted to an acquittal.What began with an exultant bang had ended in a pathetic whimper.
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