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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Investigation against the Tamil Tigers in Canada to continue: 63 suspects named in Tamil Tigers case

Toronto, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com): The Tamil Tiger supporters in Canada have used threats, intimidation and other illicit tactics to solicit money from Canadian Tamils in Montreal and Toronto alleged Royal Candian Mounted Police.

Documents indicate that several Tamil informants have been helping police.

An RCMP investigation into the alleged flow of money from Canada to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group in Sri Lanka has identified 63 suspects, a Quebec judge said in a ruling released yesterday.

Justice Louise Villemure also said police had seized computer discs in Toronto that show the movement of money from Canada to bank accounts in Sri Lanka, where the Tigers are waging a long-standing civil war.

Project CRIBLE, the investigation of the WTM's Montreal office, began in 2003 but when the Conservatives proscribed the Tigers under the Anti-Terrorism Act last April, a suspect was seen removing boxes from the building and police executed search warrants.

The WTM's head office in Scarborough, Ont., was also searched as part of a related RCMP investigation called Project OSALUKI.

A year later, police are still going over the thousands of items they seized in the searched. Last month, police asked the judge for permission to keep the materials for another year. Many of the documents are in the Tamil language and need translation.

The WTM told the court its programs aimed at helping the Montreal Tamil community had suffered as a result of the seizures, but the judge ruled that the investigation takes precedence and gave the Mounties until April, 2008 to continue their probe.

Stewart Bell reporting in “National Post,” Toronto reveals further as follows:

63 suspects named in Tamil Tigers case: Judge extends probe

Stewart Bell, National Post

Published: Friday, June 01, 2007

TORONTO - An RCMP investigation into the alleged flow of money from Canada to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group in Sri Lanka has identified 63 suspects, a Quebec judge said in a ruling released yesterday.

Justice Louise Villemure also said police had seized computer discs in Toronto that show the movement of money from Canada to bank accounts in Sri Lanka, where the Tigers are waging a long-standing civil war.

She made the disclosures in a decision that granted police an additional 12 months to examine evidence seized during searches at the Montreal office of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) and three other locations.

The RCMP alleges the WTM is a front organization for the Tamil Tigers and has been deeply involved in financing the rebel group, which is on Canada's list of outlawed terrorist organizations.

"The WTM has offices in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. The one in Toronto seems to be the mother house. A seizure of 18 hard discs in Toronto is very relevant to the investigation in Montreal.

"It indicates a transfer or manipulation of money from Montreal to Toronto, then to other countries," the ruling says.

"Concerning the transfer of money from WTM to the Tiger Tamil [Sic], the investigation establishes the money is transiting through Toronto and through other countries and then to bank accounts in Sri Lanka."

Project CRIBLE, the investigation of the WTM's Montreal office, began in 2003 but when the Conservatives proscribed the Tigers under the Anti-Terrorism Act last April, a suspect was seen removing boxes from the building and police executed search warrants.

The WTM's head office in Scarborough, Ont., was also searched as part of a related RCMP investigation called Project OSALUKI.

A year later, police are still going over the thousands of items they seized in the searched. Last month, police asked the judge for permission to keep the materials for another year. Many of the documents are in the Tamil language and need translation.

The WTM told the court its programs aimed at helping the Montreal Tamil community had suffered as a result of the seizures but the judge ruled that the investigation takes precedence and gave the Mounties until April, 2008 to continue their probe.

She said the RCMP had acted in good faith because eight officers had been working full-time, as well as a civilian and an interpreter, on a case that she described as complex.

The RCMP alleges that Tamil Tigers supporters have used threats, intimidation and other illicit tactics to solicit money from Canadian Tamils in Montreal and Toronto.

Documents indicate that several Tamil informants have been helping police.

- Asian Tribune -

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