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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Law cracks down on Tiger terrorists in UK and Australia

Melbourne, 28 June, ( the Tamil Tiger terrorism faced two severe blows – 1) in UK and 2) in Australia – when the law enforcement authorities slammed the leading Tamil Tigers of both countries with the full force of law.

In UK, Scotland Yard charged Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, of Norbury, south London, the head of the Tamil Tiger organization in UK (better known as A. C. Shanthan) under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000. One of the charges relate to organizing a meeting of Sri Lankan Tamils in London Hyde Park on July 25 last year where a number of speakers spoke against the Sri Lankan government. Another charge is possessing materials that may have been received for the purposes of terrorism.

Goldan Lambert, 29, of South Croydon, south London was also charged with assisting in the management of the Hyde Park event, knowing it was for the purposes of supporting a proscribed organization, the Tamil Tigers.

Both men will appear at City of Westminster magistrate’s court tomorrow.

In Australia the Supreme Court denied bail to two Tiger terrorists suspects – Arun Vinayagamoorthy and Sivarajah Yadhawan who were arrested on Melbourne.

In UK Scotland said, the The meeting was organised to commemorate the Tamils who died in the Black July killings of 1983, an event seen as starting the full-scale conflict between Tamil militants and the Sinhalese-dominated Sri Lankan government.

In both countries the Tamil Tigers (officially named as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) are banned from raising funds. In UK they are banned from holding meetings. It is considered an act of glorifying terrorism.

The charges against Chrishanthakumar are:

* Assisting in the arrangement of the Hyde Park meeting.

* Speaking at the event for the purposes of encouraging support for the Tamil Tigers.

* Receiving £1,500 in January 2005, intending that it be used, or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism.

* Receiving manuals entitled Underwater Warfare Systems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Naval Weapons Systems, as well as possessing six trenching spades, 39 compasses and a piece of ballistic body armour. It is alleged that these materials may all have been received for the purposes of terrorism.

* Between January 2005 and June this year, he was a member of the Tamil Tigers.

Political observers note that the Tamil Tigers are now facing tough times as their main Western bases for collecting funds are coming under attack by the law enforcing authorities of UK, Australia, France, USA, Canada. Police have raided their offices, homes and hideouts and confiscated documents, computers, files, books, magazines and other relevant material to prove charges of backing the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

These Western bases have been the main source of funding the brutal terrorist war waged by the Tamil Tigers for the last three decades. The crack down on Tamil Tigers will blacken their image in these Western countries and also reduce the flow of funds for the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka who are dependent mainly on the fund-raising capacity of their agents abroad. But political observers claim that these actions will not dry up the total flow of funds. The Tamil Tigers are assisted by Churches and NGOs who help them to siphon funds from Western countries.

- Asian Tribune -

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