Tigers sold Norwegian passports to al-Qaeda
TORONTO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have stolen
Norwegian passports and sold them to the al-Qaeda organisation to earn
money, Norwegians Against Terrorism Organisation chief spokesman Falk
Addressing as the main guest speaker at the Sri Lanka United National
Association's special general meeting at the North York Civic Centre
Auditorium in Toronto recently, he said an LTTE member called Mike
Daniel Jeya is already in prison for this passport racket.
"The LTTE has sold these passports to the highest bidders including
an Algerian al-Qaeda group," Rovik said. He said the LTTE in Norway has
made use of weak members of the society to carry out their illegal
"In this case it was a police officer who was made use of. Police
officer Herman Olav Nyhusmoen was a habitual gambler and was always
wanting money to pay his debts. So, LTTE cadre Mike Daniel Jeya was
easily able to steal the passports using him," Rovik said.
He said both the Norwegian and the LTTE cadre are in jail for the
crimes. Rovik said the passport fraud was detected when a LTTEer was
caught with 700 passports in Thailand.
He said according to Interpol figures 130,000 Norwegian passports
have been stolen. Rovik pointed out that the LTTE has used some of the
stolen passports and the balance had been sold to the highest bidders
including the al-Qaeda group in Algeria.
A large gathering including representatives from Amnesty
International, Mackenzie Institute, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CSIS,
Toronto Police, several GTA Riding Association officials, Sri Lanka's
High Commissioner, Deputy High Commissioner, Consul General and other
Sri Lankan community leaders were present at the lecture.
Rovik who is also a member of the board of Oslo Chapter of the
Amnesty International, said almost 90 per cent of LTTE revenues are
raised from criminal activities outside Sri Lanka, including the
smuggling of narcotics and humans, extortion of Diaspora members, credit
card fraud etc.
He charged that the Norwegian Government had funded the LTTE through
two ways, by giving money to the bogus humanitarian front organisation
called the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) and sending money to
secret bank accounts.
He said the TRO is directly controlled by the LTTE and is being used
to funnel money into the LTTE's arms procurements. Rovik said the money
supplied by Norway to the TRO ran into millions of dollars. He said his
organisation extracted these lists from public records and published.
"As a cover up, the government is grouping those figures to hide
certain names the monies received," Rovik said. Norway is also using
secret accounts to fund the LTTE, he said.
Rovik further charged that ex-Norwegian Special Forces have trained
the LTTE Sea Tigers in under water demolition methods in Thailand. He
said ex-Norwegian Special forces never train foreigners without the
Norwegian Government's consent.
He said the Sea Tigers were especially trained in attacking ports and
Navy ships. He revealed that certain Norwegian military personnel
serving in the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) under the peace
process have taken LTTE personnel to study at the Special Forces
Military base in Rena, Norway.
He said the Norway managed SLMM monitors are not true monitors but a
bias lot and said it was amply demonstrated when a Chinese fishing
trawler was destroyed by the Sea Tigers. Rovik said what the SLMM said
was that the sinking of the Chinese vessel was done by an unknown third
He said there is innumerable pieces of evidence to prove that the
Norwegian Government has contributed to terrorism in Sri Lanka.
"Due to that victims of terrorism in Sri Lanka who have lost their
limbs, loved ones and property and suffered mutilations are able to file
class actions against the Norwegian government asking for compensation,
under the country's laws," Rovik said.