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Toronto-area man pleads guilty to funding Tamil Tigers
NP, may 12. Toronto -- Prapaharan Thambithurai is a satellite dish installer and father of three. He lives next to the Canada's Wonderland theme park and considers himself a "true Canadian." On Tuesday, he admitted he was also a terrorist financier. The 46-year-old resident of Maple, Ont., pleaded guilty to "providing financial services knowing that they will benefit a terrorist group, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam," the Public Prosecution Service said in a news release. He is the first person in Canada to be convicted of a terrorism offence simply for fundraising. He is also the first convicted of financing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, which the RCMP says raised millions in Canada. More...
Published: Tue May 11 22:38:30 EDT 2010

Man pleads guilty in landmark terrorism financing case
Globe and Mail, May 12. The federal prosecutor has recommended two years in prison for a man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to collecting money for the Tamil Tigers – Canada’s first court case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. Prapaharan Thambithurai, 46, pleaded guilty to raising $600 for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He also collected pledges for another $2,000 from Sri Lankans in the Vancouver area, where the Maple, Ont., man was arrested two years ago. More...
Published: Tue May 11 22:39:26 EDT 2010 Back to the top

New Beginning for Sri Lanka?
yahoo, May 12. COLOMBO, May 11 (IPS) - For a country that has had quite a few run-ins with global giants in the diplomatic arena, the last fortnight has witnessed somewhat of a turnaround for Sri Lanka. The South Asian island state has received accolades from several diplomatic heavyweights and organisations for recent actions initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa's grant of a presidential pardon to journalist Jayaprakash Tissainayagam, who had been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment, was quickly commended by the international community. Tissainayagam, who belongs to the minority Tamil community, was convicted by the High Court of Colombo in August 2009 on charges of receiving funding from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and instigating communal violence through his writings. The website editor and opinion writer's arrest and subsequent conviction elicited wide international criticism. More...
Published: Tue May 11 22:45:23 EDT 2010 Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, cricket leadership programme helps former child soldiers
UNICEF, May 12. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 11 May 2010 – Gopi, 16, makes a dash and lunges to take the catch... Back to the top

India humiliated by gutsy Sri Lanka
IOL, May 12. Gros Islet - India were humiliatingly knocked out of the Twenty20 World Cup on Tuesday when a last-ball six from Sri Lanka's Chamara Kapugedera condemned them to their third straight defeat in the Super Eight stage... Back to the top

India to pump in more aid for Sri Lanka: Rao
Rediff, May 11. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Monday said that New Delhi would continue to give more financial aid to Sri Lanka for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-ravaged Tamil-dominated northern areas... Back to the top

China: Sri Lanka's 'unconditional' ally
DW, May 11. China's influence in Sri Lanka has increased immensely in recent years... Back to the top

Sri Lankans asylum seekers 'panicked' after stricken boat ran out of food, water
news.com.au, may 11. FIVE Australia-bound asylum-seekers who perished at sea set themselves adrift in a fatal attempt to find a passing ship after their wooden fishing boat ran out of fuel, food and drinking water... Back to the top

Civil initiative for Lanka reconstruction sought
ENS, may 11. CHENNAI: A Civil initiative to help reconstruction process in Sri Lanka was stressed by a panel of experts at a symposium here on Saturday... Back to the top

Tamil leaders call for day of mourning to mark 'catastrophe' after Sri Lankan war victory
CP, may 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Ethnic Tamil leaders called Monday for a day of mourning for civilians killed during Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war, as the government prepared to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its victory over Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan defence ministry begins evicting poor in Colombo
WSWS, may 11. Last Saturday, the Sri Lankan defence ministry deployed police and the army to evict 45 families from central Colombo and demolish their houses... Back to the top

Prabhakaran's mother rejects India's offer for conditional visa
ndtv, may 11. Slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Prabhakaran's mother Parvathi Ammal has rejected India's offer for conditional visa to visit Tamil Nadu for for her treatment... Back to the top

LTTE chief's mother can get medical treatment in TN
toi, may 11. CHENNAI: Three weeks after forcing her to return to Malaysia, the Centre has granted permission on humanitarian grounds to Parvathy Ammal, the mother of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, to take medical treatment in Tamil Nadu, subject to certain conditions... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu puts 4 conditions before Prabhakaran's ailing mother
dna, may 11. Chennai: Slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s mother Parvathi Velupillai has been granted a conditional visa to undergo treatment in Tamil Nadu (TN), chief minister M Karunanidhi told the assembly on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Exports Gain Amid Investor Concern on European Demand
bloomberg, May 10. May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s exports recovered in February amid investor concern that a sovereign-debt crisis in Europe may damp demand for the nation’s tea and rubber... Back to the top

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