Canadian Tamil pleads guilty to charges of supporting Sri Lanka’s LTTE terrorists

Feb 08, New York: A Canadian Tamil man today pleaded guilty in a United States district court to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam , a proscribed organization in the U.S.

The Ontario resident Ramanan Mylvaganam pleaded guilty before the District Judge Raymond J. Dearie of United States Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, New York to conspiring to procure sophisticated technology, including submarine design software and night vision equipment for the LTTE in 2006.

Mylvaganam faces a maximum term of 15 years’ imprisonment.

Mylvaganam, 35, a Canadian citizen who previously lived in the United States, was arrested by Canada’s RCMP officiers in Toronto and extradited to U.S. in 2009, following his indictment in the Eastern District Court of New York.

Five of his co-defendants, three of whom are Canadian citizens previously pleaded guilty to terrorism-related offenses in connection with their support for the LTTE.

According to court documents, Mylvaganam conspired to purchase approximately $22,000 worth of submarine design software for the LTTE from a UK company. He has also attempted to purchase night vision equipment for the LTTE from a company in British Columbia, Canada.

In addition, the defendant has assisted a co-conspirator in purchasing computer equipment, electronics components and communications equipment for the LTTE.

The United States State Department in 1997designated the LTTE as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and the LTTE therefore may not legally raise money or procure equipment or materials in the United States.

“The defendant conspired to provide sophisticated technological equipment to the LTTE, a foreign terrorist organization that has carried out brutal acts of violence against numerous civilians and elected officials,” United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Wednesday.

“We will use all resources at our disposal to bring terrorist organizations and their supporters to justice.” She asserted.

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