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* Tamil Tiger leader in New York arrested by FBI
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 18:30 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 25, New York: The director of Sri Lankaís Tamil Tiger terrorist group in New York was arrested yesterday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Queens, NBC news affiliate in New York WNBC TV reported.

Karunakaran Kandasamy was arrested by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force on federal charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf for the Eastern District of New York said that as head of the American branch of the LTTE, Kandasamy allegedly oversaw and directed groupís activities in the United States, including fundraising.

According to officials the allegations against him include holding fundraising events in November and December 2004 at a church and a public high school in Queens and at a school in South Brunswick, New Jersey.

Assistant FBI Director Mark Mershon was quoted by the report saying Kandasamy hasn't merely supported the Tamil Tigers' cause, but also orchestrated U.S. support.

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