Tamil 'front' alleged to have funnelled cash
VANCOUVER: Three separate police investigations continue across
Canada into whether the Tigers have been illegally raising funds here to
help their independence campaign in Sri Lanka.
If charges are laid in any of the three cases, there may finally be a
Canadian prosecution related to terrorist financing.
In the last two years, investigators in Vancouver, Montreal and
Toronto have raided offices of the World Tamil Movement, a group the
RCMP alleges is a financing the LTTE.
Police suspect the World Tamil Movement misappropriated tsunami
relief funds and gave the money to Tiger terrorists in uncleared areas.
The Vancouver office of the WTM was raided in November 2005 after the
RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team received
intelligence that the WTM was selling propaganda to finance the Tigers.
The office at 4592-A Fraser Street in Vancouver, opened in September
2004. Seven suspects were named in the information to obtain a search
warrant, but none has yet been charged.
The search warrant alleges the WTM misappropriated $75,000 in tsunami
relief donations to the Tiger cause.
"Front organisations were established for the purpose of raising
funds, coordinating community activities and administering the funds
that would later be forwarded to the LTTE," the warrant information
says. "In Canada, the WTM is an LTTE front organisation."
In Montreal, 63 suspects have been identified in court related to an
ongoing investigation of the Tigers and the WTM there, though again
charges are yet to be laid. Last June, a Quebec judge granted police
another year to go over documents and other evidence seized during an
April 2006 raid at the WTM office in Montreal.
And in Toronto, police seized computer discs when they raided the WTM
office, also in April 2006, which show the movement of money from Canada
to bank accounts in Sri Lanka.
The Tigers were added to the list of banned terrorist organisations
in Canada in April 2006. Vancouver Sun