The Lanka Academic

JULY 22, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 107


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Alleged LTTE front had voter lists, July 22nd, 2006. TORONTO - The RCMP is investigating how the suspected Canadian front organization for the Tamil Tigers terrorist group managed to obtain Elections Canada voter lists used in the last federal campaign.

The voter lists, along with manuals on missile-guidance systems, books encouraging suicide bombing and paperwork that police say is evidence of terrorist fundraising, were seized from the World Tamil Movement (WTM).

RCMP national security officers raided the Tamil-Canadian non-profit group's headquarters in Toronto's east end on April 22 as part of a four-year terror-financing investigation called Project OSALUKI.

A list of the 1,029 items seized during the search and two related raids was released by the Ontario court yesterday, providing the first look inside an organization the RCMP says has been raising money for arms.

The president of the WTM declined to comment on police allegations the non-profit group had violated three of Canada's terror financing laws. "The matter is with the police investigation and the court, and I have no comment," Sitta Sittampalam said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 22 12:36:19 EDT 2006

INTERVIEW - S.Lanka monitors may have to flee - Envoy
Reuters, July 22, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are being unreasonable in demanding the exit of truce monitors from European Union nations, and the observers will have to pull out unless their safety is guaranteed, a top Swedish envoy said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have given monitors from EU nations -- Sweden, Denmark and Finland -- until Sept. 1 to leave Sri Lanka in light of a new EU ban against them, which analysts warn would leave a dangerous vacuum as growing violence kindles fears of renewed civil war. More...
Published: Sat Jul 22 22:49:13 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Tamil lawmaker's home attacked with grenades in Sri Lanka 's restive east
Associated Press, Fri July 21, 2006 23:23 EDT . DILIP GANGULY

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified assailants fired two rocket-propelled grenades into the home of an ethnic Tamil lawmaker in Sri Lanka's volatile east, but the legislator and his family escaped unhurt, police said Saturday.

Separately, a roadside bomb killed a Sri Lankan soldier and wounded three others in northern Jaffna on Saturday, the latest attack blamed by the military on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

The victims were on a road-clearing patrol when the bomb exploded, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said, blaming the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the blast.

Lawmaker Senathirajah Jeyananthamoorthy was at home when the grenade attack occurred late Friday in the eastern town of Batticaloa, Deputy Inspector General of Police Nihal Karunaratne said. His house was damaged and a policeman providing security was slightly wounded, but Jeyananthamoorthy, his wife and two children escaped unhurt.

Jeyananthamoorthy is a member of the Tamil National Alliance, a political party widely believed to be a proxy of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, who have been fighting for two decades for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority in the north and east. Batticaloa is eastern Sri Lanka's main city.

In 2004 parliamentary elections, the alliance _ a coalition of minor Tamil political parties _ won 22 seats, becoming a pro-rebel presence in Sri Lanka's 225-member Parliament.

A pro-rebel Web-site, TamilNet, also reported the incident and blamed a breakaway rebel faction for the attack.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when a powerful insurgent leader in the east, who goes by the name Karuna, broke away with thousands of fighters. The mainstream Tigers, who are based in northern Sri Lanka, the heartland of the country's Tamil minority, have vowed to crush Karuna's faction.

Since then, eastern Sri Lanka has been a hotbed of violence.

A Norwegian-brokered truce halted large-scale fighting between the government and Tigers in 2002 but has virtually disintegrated in recent months, with near-daily skirmishes between rebels and security forces, renewing fears of a resumption of all-out civil war. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 22 01:43:14 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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