Four Sri Lankan Tamils plead guilty to terrorism charges in the US

Karunakaran Kandasamy, Pratheepan Thavaraja, Murugesu Vinayagamoorthy and Vijayshanthar Patpanathan have pleaded guilty to raising funds and buying weapons for the Tamil Tigers.

Investigations conducted by the US authorities have also revealed that Kandasamy channeled funds to the Tamil Tigers via the 'charity' Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO).

In my post titled, 'Tamils for Obama is a front for the Tamil Tigers', you find the group 'Tamils for Obama' (TFO) - another group created to serve the interests of the Tigers - asking US senators to un-ban the Tamil Tigers from the US list of banned terrorist.

The logic behind the request, according to TFO, is to allow organisations like TRO to function again-unhindered- on US soil.

New York Times
Prosecutors said Mr. Kandasamy had laundered money through a charitable front organization called the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization. They said Mr. Patpanathan had helped with that effort.

Mr. Thavaraja was accused of buying weapons for the Tamil Tigers, including anti-aircraft guns, automatic rifles and grenade launchers, along with ammunition and explosives. The government said a spreadsheet on Mr. Pratheepan’s laptop computer listed $20 million worth of arms as “priority” purchase items.
The true extent of the Tamil Tigers' global activities became evident after George Bush's War on Terror. Even if it did nothing for the people of Iraq Bush's War on Terror has contributed in bringing peace for the people of Sri Lanka.

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