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MAY 27, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 52


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Tamil leader frustrated with fundraising
national post, may 28. TORONTO - Federal officials released more documents yesterday that were seized during a massive RCMP investigation into Tamil Tigers fundraising in Canada, including a guerrilla leader's request for "a huge sum" of money.

The police files, unsealed by the Federal Court, are the latest evidence that Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebels have been bankrolling their civil war with money raised by supporters in Canada. But the newly disclosed documents also suggest the Tamil Tigers may not be getting as much from Canada as they would like: In one communique, a senior rebel boss complained that Canadians were not doing enough to support the fight.

Colonel Soosai, who commands the rebel navy wing known as the Sea Tigers, told three Canadian Tamil activists he was frustrated about the "insufficient activities of the branches in Canada and England," More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 27 20:55:47 EDT 2008

How the Tamil Tigers ask for cash, May 27, 2008. Post reporter Stewart Bell has been following the story of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group in Sri Lanka considered by the Canadian government as a terrorist group, fundraises in Canada.

The story in Tuesday's Post raises the possibility that fundraising amongst the Sri Lankan diaspora might not actually be as lucrative as the Tamil Tiger leadership would like.

Check out a gallery of more evidence seized by the RCMP of Tamil Tiger activity in Canada. More...
Published: Tue May 27 23:54:35 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest 33 people over train blast, 2008-05-27 22:18:58. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The police in Sri Lanka said Tuesday 33 people have been held on suspicion over the bomb blast which killed nine people and injured 86 more on Monday.

The blast on board a crowded train along the western coastal line hit the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala late Monday afternoon.

Officials said 72 of the 86 injured are still being treated in two hospitals.

A senior police officer said 15 people out of the 33 arrested on suspicion were released after questioning. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 27 20:47:40 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan president vows to crush Tamil rebels after deadly train blast
Associated Press, Tue May 27, 2008 04:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president vowed Tuesday to crush Tamil Tiger rebels after a rush-hour train bombing blamed on the insurgents killed eight passengers and wounded 70 others... Back to the top

Muslims in Sri Lanka’s east protest abductions|By Ameen Izzadeen, 27 May 2008. COLOMBO — Tension prevailed for the third day in Sri Lanka’s east after four Muslims were abducted allegedly by members of the paramilitary-cum-political group Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) or the Tamil People’s Liberation Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Airstrike destroys rebel explosive stash, kills bomb expert
Associated Press, Tue May 27, 2008 03:50 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force helicopters bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel explosives storage depot in Sri Lanka - 's restive north and killed a guerrilla bomb-making expert, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka military says blast on train kills 7 near capital, 62 wounded
Associated Press, Mon May 26, 2008 09:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb blamed on Tamil Tiger separatists ripped through part of a packed passenger train Monday evening during rush hour, killing seven people and wounding 62 others near the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo... Back to the top

Ground battles kill 22 in Sri Lanka: defence ministry, 26 may. COLOMBO (AFP) — Ground battles between Sri Lankan troops and separatist rebels killed 21 guerrillas and one solider in the nation's north, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Central Bank Holds Interest Rate at 10.5%
bloomberg, Mon May 26, 2008 02:49 EDT . May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the highest level since 2002 to help bolster growth amid the fastest inflation in at least four years... Back to the top

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