Dutch prosecutors seeking long sentences for Sri Lankan terrorist fundraisers

Sept 27, The Hague- The Dutch prosecutors trying five Sri Lankan Tamils accused of extorting money from other Dutch Tamils in the Netherlands are seeking long prison terms, the Associated Press reported.

The prosecutors have demanded sentences ranging from 10 to 16 years for the five ethnic Tamils accused of organizing illegal lotteries and extorting cash from Tamils in the Netherlands with all proceeds going to Sri Lanka’s terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to finance its terrorist war.

Prosecutors have told The Hague District Court the men continued to raise money even after the war ended. They said millions of euros were raised in part to fund suicide attacks.

The prosecutors have described the LTTE as a “violent and ruthless “organization that carried out suicide attacks and recruited child soldiers to deploy for combat.

The accused are all naturalized Dutch citizens.

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