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MAY 6, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 31


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Tigers sought $3M from Canada
National Post, May 7. TORONTO - RCMP counterterrorism investigators in Toronto have seized a letter signed by the leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers guerrillas directing Canadian Tamils to send him $3-million, according to police files released yesterday by the Federal Court.

The rebel leader's letter, found during a search of the Toronto office of the World Tamil Movement, discusses the need to "intensify the struggle" and ensure that Tamils are "strong enough" to fight "with our full breath," according to the newly unsealed files.

Velupillai Prabhakaran adds that he looks "forward to receiving substantial contribution from the displaced people of Tamil Eelam" and advises the "Canadian office" to provide 15 of the 100 "crores" he needs. A crore is the equivalent of just over $200,000.

The RCMP cited the 2002 letter as evidence the WTM is the "Canadian branch" of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group fighting a civil war against Sri Lankan government forces. The Tigers want an independent ethnic Tamil state. More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 6 18:13:59 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka's president suspends Parliament for one month amid corruption allegations
Associated Press, Tue May 6, 2008 15:04 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has suspended Parliament sessions for a month, an official said Tuesday a move criticized by the opposition as an attempt to disrupt ongoing investigation into corruption allegations. Tissa Attanayake, the general secretary of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party, charged that Rajapaksa's action was an attempt to disrupt Parliamentary probe into corruption allegations against his government because all committees appointed for the purpose will be dissolved with the decree.

``There is no justification for this. We will protest against it,'' Attanayake said.

In 2001 then President Chandrika Kumaratunga suspended Parliament amid opposition threats to bring a no-confidence motion against her government.

However, her government lost its parliamentary majority a few months later and also lost the subsequent election.Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 6 15:17:58 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE-held areas liberated, says Army
The Hindu, April 6, 2008 - 17:09 EDT. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Tuesday claimed to have captured LTTE-controlled territory in Mannar and Vavuniya as part of its operations to “liberate” Tiger-administered areas in the north. A Defence Ministry statement said the Sri Lanka Army Task Force engaged in “counter-terrorist offensives” in Mannar gained control over a “significant area.” The troops reached Chalampaikulama area and consolidated their there positions, it added.

The soldiers commenced their march from recently-captured Kaatankulama and reached Chalampaikulama without facing resistance. At least five terrorists were either killed or wounded,” said the Ministry.

Soldiers consolidating their positions on the outskirts of Chalampaikulama took on the LTTE bunker defences More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 6 17:10:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: New fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 16 rebels, 2 soldiers
Associated Press, Tue May 6, 2008 10:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes broke out between government forces and ethnic Tamil separatists across northern Sri Lanka - , killing 16 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers using electoral list, RCMP say, May 6, 2008. Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans living in Canada have been funding the Tamil Tigers' terrorism campaign through a secret strategy of profiling carried out using Canada's electoral database, the RCMP allege... Back to the top

UK police arrest fourth man in Tamil Tiger probe, May 6, 2008. British police arrested a fourth man on Tuesday as part of an anti-terrorism investigation into the Sri Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Air Force bombs rebel target, 6 may. COLOMBO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The military in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that its Air Force carried out air strikes against a TamilTiger rebels' target in the north... Back to the top

15 killed, 66 wounded in fresh Sri Lanka clashes, April5, 2008. At least 10 Tamil Tiger rebels and five soldiers were killed and over 60 wounded in fierce clashes between the two sides in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Monday, defence sources said... Back to the top

Tamil terror group's manual revealed Tap politicians, Tamil Tigers' guide dictates
National Post, May 5. MONTREAL - Inside the school auditorium, the Tamil Tiger flag had been raised in a solemn ceremony and the audience of 600 people had heard a taped address from the terrorist group's leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil Rebels Attack Security Forces on Mannar Coast, May 5, 2008. May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam attacked army and navy personnel at a coastal base near Mannar in the northeast, the military and rebels said... Back to the top

Lanka appeals to INTL community to help stop arms supplies, May 5, 2008. Colombo, May 05: Sri Lanka has appealed to the international community to help stop arms supplies to terror groups even as three shiploads of weapons were suspected to have been offloaded by the LTTE to fight the ethnic war... Back to the top

LTTE: Rising Desperation, May 5, 2008. By Ajit Kumar Singh, Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management Paper was first published in South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR), Volume 6, No... Back to the top

Outcry as Sri Lanka s defence chief urges censorship, May 5, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's main media rights group on Monday voiced alarm after the island's hawkish defence chief reportedly branded some journalists "traitors" and called for sweeping censorship... Back to the top

Military: Fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 6 rebels, two soldiers
Associated Press, Mon May 5, 2008 04:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting between Tamil rebels and government troops along the front lines of their civil war in northern Sri Lanka - killed six guerrillas and two soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

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