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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Australian FM Downer admits that some funds were raised for LTTE

Sydney, 04 May, (Asiantribune.com): Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Wednesday May 2 said that "some" amounts were being raised in his country to finance the operations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"The Hindu" reporting on this said "Mr. Downer was commenting on the issue in the context of Tuesday's arrest of two Melbourne residents for their alleged fund-raising activities on behalf of the LTTE. The two accused were later produced in court."

The Hindu added: "The Minister characterised the amounts that were suspected to have been transferred to the LTTE from Australia, over some time, as "small" quantities."

On May 1, Sivaraj Yathevan (36), the Tiger agent in charge of Eela Murasu, a Tamil community paper, and Arooran Vignanamoorthy (32), the righ-hand man of Yathevan were arrested by Australian Federal Police today and produced before a magistate court in Melbourne, Australia.

Both men were charged with intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation, knowing the organisation is a terrorist organisation, contrary to subsection 102.3(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

They were also charged with providing support to a terrorist organisation, and intentionally receiving funds from or making funds available to a terrorist organisation, knowing the organisation is a terrorist organisation, contrary to sections 102.7 and 102.6(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

- Asian Tribune -

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