Tamil Tiger’’s British head ”conspired to supply terrorists”January 29th, 2009 - 5:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.29 (ANI): The head of the Tamil Tigers in Britain conspired to supply military equipment to the Sri Lankan terrorist organisation, a court has heard. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, a “very prominent figure” in the Tamil community in the UK, co-ordinated the acquisition of material and funds for the benefit of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a jury heard.
But according to The Telegraph, despite warnings to put a stop to his activities, the defendant continued to procure electrical components for the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers, some of which had “an obvious terrorist purpose”.
Chrishanthakumar, known as Shanthan, is standing trial at Kingston Crown Court, in south-west London, where he denies one count of conspiracy to receive electrical components for the purposes of terrorism.
He has also been charged with amassing a hoard of military equipment including machetes, combat boots, camouflage clothes, spades and handcuffs.
Another charge alleged that he received terrorist documents including guides to underwater warfare systems, explosive ordnance disposal and mine clearance.
He is also accused of two further offences - receiving money and belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely the LTTE.
The five offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2003 and June 2007.
Three other men, Jegatheswaran Muraleetharan (Muralee), 46, and his brother, Jeyatheswaran Vythyatharan (Vithy), 40, from Powys, Wales, and Murugesu Jegatheeswaran (Jegan), 34, from Mitcham, south London, are charged with receiving electronic items for use in terrorism.
Though they deny the charges, the trial continues. (ANI)
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