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Norway, Main Venue For LTTE Terror Revival

LTTE TYO activist from Norway - seated the front row holding a camera is Nirmalan Selvarajah, the currant deputy head of Annapupathi school in Oslo

LTTE headquarters in Norway, Nedre Rommen 3 B, 0988 Oslo

By Camelia Nathaniel

After a hiatus of four years, an attempt to revive the LTTE was spearheaded by the group of Nediyawan-Irumporai. From its safe haven in Norway, a traditional base for LTTE operations, the Nediyawan-Irumporai Group is determined to plunge Sri Lanka back to conflict.

Although enabled by two other factions – the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in the UK and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) in the US – Nediyawan-Irumporai Group and the Headquarters Group in France want a return to violence.

LTTE TYO activist from Norway – seated the front row holding a camera is Nirmalan Selvarajah, the currant deputy head of Annapupathi school in Oslo

Of the four LTTE factions, Nediyawan-Irumporai Group is the largest and the most resourceful. It is ironic but true that the Nediyawan-Irumporai Group is partially subsidized by the Norwegian government.

With its headquarters in the heart of Europe, Nediyawan inherited the massive LTTE global network that hitherto supported the violence in Sri Lanka.

Together with his deputy Nanthagopan, Nediyawan united many of the disparate structures under Castro’s LTTE International Secretariat from Canada to Australia. Clandestinely, Nediyawan is working with two of his associates – Irumporai now in Germany and Arivu now in Canada. However, despite the arrest of his deputy Nanthagopan in Iran and his subsequent deportation from Malaysia to Sri Lanka in March of 2014, Nediyawan was able to sustain the LTTE.

LTTE headquarters in Norway, Nedre
Rommen 3 B, 0988 Oslo

Until his arrest, Nanthagopan worked with a New Zealand citizen, Irumporai, who married a girl from Germany and directed the LTTE lobbying in Geneva during the UNHRC meeting.

One of the wealthiest by inheriting LTTE assets, Arivu relocated to Canada on board a LTTE organized ship, MV Sun Sea. Arivu received assistance from LTTE Canada, and is marking time in classic LTTE-style to obtain Canadian papers before surfacing to lead LTTE North American operations.

After the defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka and the arrest of K.P., Prabhakaran’s successor, paved the way for Nediyawan’s rise. From the Norwegian village of Eidsvag outside Oslo, a ‘tall man’ called Nediyawan today coordinates LTTE international activities to revive the group.

He was supported by Sivagowri, a professional physiotherapist. Nediyawan saw her when she was a guest announcer at Thainilam (Motherland), the Oslo studio of TTN, the LTTE TV station. Sivagowri’s father Shanthamohan’s brother was Ranjanlal Gnanendramohan alias Lala Ranjan, a well known LTTE pioneer. Although they were from different castes, Prabhakaran proposed the marriage.

However when the war ended, the Norwegian authorities visited and demanded that Nediyawan stop his activities, but he was unrelenting. Evading the Norwegian law, Nediyawan created an LTTE front, the Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA: Makkal Peravai), recently designated under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373. Today, four factions of the LTTE suffer from infighting but on common issues they work together. On fund raising, still quite lucrative, they work independently but on lobbying human rights bodies, they work in parallel.

While Vinayagam’s Head Quarters Group collaborates with Rudrakumaran’s TGTE, Nediyawan collaborates with GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel. Although GTF has no dedicated office in Norway, the Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils (NCET) is a GTF member.

The core strength of Nediyawan-Irumporai Group is Noway where 325 LTTE activists serve full time. While LTTE activists run schools, offices, and businesses, only 20 are LTTE cadres. The cadres control the entire network, issue directives, and brutally punish those who oppose them. The LTTE Norway annual income is derived from the public (bank to bank monthly transfer, event collection, and door to door fundraising) businesses, and government grants. During the war, the LTTE Norway raised 20 million kroner per annum.

Today, the public collection is estimated at 5 million Kroner or USD one million. They collect from the Tamil community, (previously for war and now under the pretext of ‘for war affected’), and maintain permanent investments (TV and radio through subscription and advertisement, entertainment shows, night clubs, supermarkets, travel agencies and other businesses).

The LTTE’s biggest source of income is from the Government of Norway where 55 of its cultural organizations receive grants. According to LTTE audit report, LTTE schools received 13.5 million Kroner or USD 2.4 million per year from 2008-2012 from the Norwegian government.

The LTTE and its constituent units are legally registered under the Norwegian constitution.

The Functional and Regional structures of LTTE in Norway are among the best organized LTTE infrastructure. Although the LTTE has established a strong presence in Canada, UK, France, and Australia, the difference is that serving LTTE cadres openly run the operations in Norway.

Another unique feature of the Norwegian LTTE is that its operations are heavily subsidized by the Norwegian government. The LTTE has effectively penetrated the Norwegian educational, social and political system. As most expatriate Sri Lankans live in Oslo and Bergen, the LTTE influence is strongest in these two areas.

An elaborate organization, the LTTE Norway is divided into several branches.

They include the Administrative Wing, Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the supreme body for administering the entire organization both in Norway and overseas. TCC operates throughout Norway through its network of schools. The TCC name board is only seen in Oslo, where the LTTE HQ is located, and also in Bergen.

The human resource wing, Tamil Foundation Resources and Information Centre, is located in the same premises as TCC.

The political wing, Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils (NCET) funded by TCC is attempting to control and influence the lives of all Tamils and lobby Norwegian opinion on Sri Lanka.

Continued on next week

17 Comments for “Norway, Main Venue For LTTE Terror Revival”

  1. WALLY

    Drive by journalism. What is the point of this article?

    • Don

      Unless you are a LTTE member it is very clear the purpose of the article.

    • Dave

      You need to learn English to understand that

    • MHA

      If you don’t know, your a lost cause. My question is why tell us all this? Shouldn’t the government of SL be talking with Norway with the evidence about this. These thugs need to be locked up before more move into violence mode again.

    • DJ

      You don’t like the truth about Eelamis terrorist diaspora activities and their international networks? And the truth about world’s peace maker Norway’s sponsoring of non-Islamic terror??

    • Piranha

      I agree. Carmelia Nathaniel is spearheading the anti-LTTE campaign in the media for the Rajapaksa regime. Most of what she writes are already known and the rest are fiction. She must be getting good money from Gota for her services.

    • jeevaka

      It is addressed to native peoples. They probably are not funded by Norwegian king.

    • Khema

      To tell the world that a supposed to be responsible government is encouraging terrorism.

  2. Ram

    We have to thank Solheim for the privileges granted to the LTTE. Whether the government subsidies continue in the face of the ban (individuals and institutions) remains to be seen. It is no secret that the LTTE abroad is regrouping and will find ways to send funds to the TNA and others.

  3. Mailin Gunawardene

    Another crap of jibberish from a paper that has lost its credibility due to fear of muder by the ruling thugs and criminals.

  4. Bandara

    A great article to expose the activities of Enemies of Sri Lanka. Very relevant, the GOSL and our Armed Forces must be very vigilant to protect our citizens. Further more, GOSL must consider increasing the number of security forces stationed in the North and provide appropriate living quarters and facilities including Schools and Hospitals for the families of Armed Forces to reside in the inhospitable terrain of the North.

  5. Concerned Citizen

    This is a very valuable article for law enforcement authorities around the world to understand and keep track on the LTTE network as well as to identify which foreign Governments and/or organisations, are complicit with or merely sustain these LTTE groups. We should be very grateful and thankful to people like Camellia Nathaniel for divulging such vital information, in a matter of fact and impartial manner. It is up to the law enforcement authorities in the respective countries to verify this information and take suitable action to curtail terrorist activities of the LTTE diaspora. Though Norway, UK and Canada are allowing these monsters to brainwash the younger generation of Tamils, countries like India, USA, Malaysia, India and Iran have already taken action against them.

  6. gamarala

    Is this information has any foundation,sri lanka should take up this so-called financial support by Norway, to this “Norwegian LTTE” through diplomatic channels.
    The writer should forward this information to the President.

  7. Phil

    LTTE killed Indian Prime Minister Gandi and Sri Lankan Prsident, both were Tiger suppporters. Who will be the next? Currently both Canada and England both appear to have strong connections with Tamil refugies, many are ex-Tigers so these terorists should be arrested before they start their game again.

  8. raj

    some of the former terrorists are within the Sri Lankan government. Including JVP who involved in terrorism in Sri Lanka. Author is should talk about JVP terrorism as well as. Author should also talk about war criminals in Sri Lanka

  9. jeevaka

    Candain government and Norway are behind all these racist greedy acts.
    You may not publish that. All this is greed driven.Norway in noway cares for browns ,they ill treat the sami people – the rain deer herders in Norway.
    Their business is selling false peace.

  10. dagggy

    MHA – Norway isa the outlaws of Europe with lots of spare cash in hand.
    Like out Service desereters, they are the deserters of Europe involved in undertyaking contracts of the West.

    RAM – Its not Solheim you need to thank BUT former Prime Minister Bondevik of Norway and Ranil.W of Sri Lanka.

    Norway is a law unto themselves.

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