- Writer: BangkokPost.com
- Published: 16/06/2009 at 07:04 PM
Three Rohingya men have been arrested and found to have been involved in arms trade with the Tamil Elam rebels in Sri Lanka and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The three are identified as Mahammad Ali Hussien, Babuji or Mahammad Madbahem, and Chubri Awae. They were arrested in a coordinated operation of the Armed Forces Security Centre, National Intelligence Agency, Royal Thai Police, and Department of Special Investigation.
Pol Col Tawee Sodsong, the DSI director-general said his office has evidence to prove that these Rohingya men had links with a group of influential persons in South Thailand. Mahammad Ali Hussien was the leader of a transnational criminal gang involving in trade of counterfeit official travel documents and arms trade with the Tamil Elam rebels in Sri Lanka. The man also provided counterfeit documents for members of the Al-qaeda group to conduct the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, he said.
Mahammad Ali Hussien fled into Malaysia where he was arrested and jailed two years on charges of being detrimental to security. After release, he came to Thailand and established contacts with war weapon and drug traders as well as insurgents in the South, Pol Col Tawee said.