Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense notes:
Another Indonesian arms dealer, Hadji Subandi (69) pleaded guilty in the second Tamil Tiger sting operation case before a Baltimore USA federal judge for attempting to smuggle sophisticated weapons to the foreign terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [...]
Subandi had been arrested in September 2006 with five other suspected arms dealers after an elaborate sting operation. As part of the sting, alleged representatives of the Tamil Tigers deposited $700,000 with undercover agents as a down payment for millions of dollars in sniper rifles, submachine guns and grenade launchers, officials say.
In this second successful sting operation conducted by the US federal government against Tamil terrorist arms buying in the US Federal Agents arrested five Asian buyers and one Sri Lankan Tamil for trying to buy US Dollars 900,000 dollars worth of surface to air missiles and other sophisticated military weapons for Sri Lanka's separatist terrorists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Apart from the missiles, the LTTE brokers were trying to buy grenade launchers, submachine guns, sniper rifles and night vision goggles.
Three of the other Indonesian men arrested with Subandi (Reinhard Rusli, 34; Helmi Soedirdja, 33; retired Indonesian Marine Corps General Erick Wotulo) have pleaded guilty before, and the other two a Singaporan (Haniffa bin Osman) and a Sri Lankan Tamil are scheduled for trial in May.
Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka:
The Sri Lanka troops overran four Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam held military camps in the Trincomalee district inflicting heavy casualties among the separatists during a raid conducted before the dawn on Friday.
The Sri Lanka army troops backed by artillery and multi barrel rocket launchers killed more than 20 Tiger guerillas that came a day after the LTTE threatened to cover Sri Lanka in a blood bath if the troops did not stop the offensive.
In a separate incident the LTTE fighters killed three and wounded 13 elite police commandos by ambushing an armored vehicle by a roadside bombin the Batticaloa District.
In its crackdown against LTTE supporters in the state, the Tamil Nadu Police have so far arrested 41 persons, including 16 Sri Lankans, Director General of Police D Mukherjee said here today.
[...]a Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested in Tiruchirapalli on March 6 and Rs 10 lakh seized from him. Based on information given by him, another Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested. His questioning led to the seizure of 150 bags of iron balls, weighing 4,500 Kg from Permanalur.
Two other Sri Lankan Tamils were subsequently arrested at Chennai, as also another Indian who provided Rs 17.66 lakh of 'hawala' money. Another person was arrested at Pudukottai yesterday, Mukherjee said.
Listing steps taken from November 29 last, he said 750 Kg of explosives, about to be smuggled to Sri Lanka from Kerala, were seized that day. Four persons, including one who was absconding for the past 18 months, were arrested.
Mukherjee said police conducted surprise raids in Chennai and Tuticorin on january 23 and seized 7.5 tonnes of iron balls meant for being smuggled to Sri Lanka. Twelve persons, including five Sri Lankans, were arrested.
Again on Feb 12, the Navy seized 92 bags of aluminium bars near Dhanushkodi. During the course of the investigation, 11 persons were arrested and 1.5 kg of aluminium bars seized.
The next day, the Coast Guard seized a boat carrying explosives off the Palk Straits. Five persons including four Sri Lankans were arrested. The boat was later destroyed in mid sea.
On February 14, the Navy seized a country boat carrying explosives and aluminium bars and arrested three Sri Lankans.