Monday, December 17, 2007

Malaysia to seek Interpol's help to monitor Hindraf -- Dy. Intl. Sec. Minister


Malaysia to seek Interpol's help to monitor Hindraf

Kuala Lumpur, (PTI), Dec. 17, 2007 1750 hrs.: Malaysian police will seek help from international agencies like 'Interpol' and 'Europol' to monitor the overseas activities of Hindraf which spearheaded protests by ethnic Indians against alleged marginalisation.

Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom, told reporters that the agencies involved were the European Law Enforcement Organisation (Europol), Asean police (Aseanapol) and Interpol.

Malaysian police had earlier accused the Hindu Right Action Force (Hindraf) of having links with terror outfits, including the LTTE.

"They are not only monitoring the group, but everything," he was quoted as saying in Kuching by Malaysian news agency Bernama.

Johari was commenting on reports of attempts by one of the leaders of the group, P. Waytha Moorthy, to garner support abroad.

He said the Malaysian police's "good ties" with international law enforcement agencies would enable the force to obtain more information on crime activities abroad.

On December 13, five Hidraf were held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and sent on a two-year detention. They are P. Uthayakumar, 46, M. Manoharan, 46, R. Kenghadharan, 40, V. Ganabatirau, 34, and T. Vasantha Kumar, 34.

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