MELBOURNE COURT TOLD HOW TAMIL TIGERS IN AUSTRALIA RAISED MILLIONS IN THE NAME OF TSUNAMI VICTIMS
By Walter Jayawardhana
A Melbourne Court was told three men raised funds in Australia for
terrorist activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
in the guise it was for charitable purposes including for the victims
of the devastating Tsunami of 2004 to the tune of millions of Australian
The prosecution told the judge about raising funds for the LTTE also
known as the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka by the three men when Arun Vinayagamoorthy
(33) of Mount Waverly, Sivarajah Yathavan (36) of Vermont South, and
Arumugam Rajeevan (41) of Old Toongabbie of Sydneys West appeared
at the Melbourne Magistrate Court on Thursday September 13 for the start
of their committal hearing.
The charge sheet against them said all were members of a terrorist
organization and they made funds available for a terrorist organization
and other related offences.
Between 2001 and 2005, Commonwealth Prosecutor Mark Dean SC, told the
magistrate, Australian Dollars 1.9 million was deposited into a bank
account for the Tamil Coordinating Committee. He said Australian Dollars
1.2 million was withdrawn in cash and utilized to buy electronic and
other equipment for the terrorist activities of the LTTE.
The prosecutor told the judge the accused hoodwinked the people by
telling that the funds were collected for the 2004 Tsunami victims and
other charitable purposes before that.
State Counsel Mark Dean told the judge that the accused men were principle
partners of the Tamil Tigers Australian branch and they maintained
constant contact with the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Dean alleged that the LTTE is one of the most sophisticated and deadly
terrorist groups in the world and is widely involved in suicide bombings
and political and military assassinations in the Indian ocean island
republic of Sri Lanka.
He said during interviews with the police the accused denied being
members of the LTTE or any links between the Tamil Coordinating Committee
and the Tamil Tigers. The hearing before Magistrate Peter Rearson continues.
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