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

Malaysian courts investigating how foreign banks funded Tamil Tigers and other terrorists

By Cchelsea. L.Y. NG

A High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has issued six orders compelling four local banks and a foreign one here to produce documents showing how they have been used by international terrorists to pay for military equipment bought abroad, according to a report in The Star. According to papers supporting the application, the payments made through these banks were suspected to be for funding international terrorism activities, including the Sri Lanka-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) guerillas.

The Star added: Justice Mohd Apandi Ali granted the orders on September 21, 2007 following an application by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

The application was made on behalf of four countries – the United States, Switzerland, Canada and Australia.

Of the six orders sought, three were for Australia while the remaining countries were granted one each.

There are altogether 11 accounts being targeted in the orders with one bank having six.

The amounts involved in the transactions ranged from a few hundred thousand ringgit to RM2mil.

The papers also revealed that the funds were used to buy weapons and channeled to support international drug rings and fraud activities and money laundering syndicates.

The orders were made possible under Section 23 of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MACMA) 2002.

Section 23 states that, for the issuance of a production order for criminal matters, a request could be made by a foreign state and the Attorney-General or a person duly appointed by him may apply to the court for such an order.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said his men would act on the orders as soon as possible.

“Our main objective is to help other countries obtain evidence for criminal prosecution or, in this case, track terrorism-linked money trail.

“It is part of the global effort to freeze terrorism activities,” Abdul Gani told The Star.

- Asian Tribune -

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