Three LTTE activists to stand trial in Australian SC
A Magistrate’s Court in Melbourne committed three Australians of Sri
Lankan Tamil origin to stand trial in the Supreme Court of Australia
last afternoon for engaging in terrorism related offences in Australia.
Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, Sivarajah Yathavan and Arumugam Rajeevan were
charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions for having committed
three offences under the Criminal Code Act, and the Charter of the
United Nations Act of Australia for having been members of the LTTE
which is a terrorist organisation, providing funds and material support
to the LTTE and making available assets collected in Australia to the
The committal followed a preliminary hearing in Australia against the
three defendants based on a case investigated into by the Anti-Terrorism
Task Force of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), states a Foreign
Ministry press release.
In addition to Australian Police Officers, several Sri Lankan legal,
military, naval and police senior officers testified in the case against
the LTTE activists.
The committal signals a clear acceptance of the view by the
Magistrate that the LTTE is an international terrorist organization
threatening the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
Previously the Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the AFP to
conduct investigations in Sri Lanka and collect evidence.
The judicial finding by the Melbourne Magistrate lends support to the
Government of Sri Lanka’s request to the Australian Government to
proscribe the LTTE and its front organizations.
The trial against the three LTTE activists will commence in 2008/9 in
the Supreme Court of Victoria.