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* Canadian police report says World Tamil Movement raised funds for Tamil Tigers
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 4:47 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 19, Colombo: A top secret report released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Monday says that the Toronto based non-profit group, World Tamil Movement (WTM) wired more than $3 million to overseas bank accounts to allegedly utilize for financing the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization.

Toronto’s National Post reported yesterday the 83-page report, marked "Secret" but unsealed by order of a Federal Court judge, provides the first detailed look at the banking activities of the WTM.

National Post citing the report says most of the money, $1.9 million, went to an account at the Bumiputra Commerce Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and utilized as a vehicle to forward money to the LTTE from Canada.

"The bank records seized . . . demonstrate that the World Tamil Movement has developed an elaborate machine like entity that moves throughout the Greater Toronto Area collecting funds with extreme proficiency," the police report says.

WTM was shut down by the Canadian government in June 2008 for alleged terror financing and added to Ottawa's official list of terrorist groups. The WTM is the first Canadian community group to be listed along with the major terrorist organizations in the world like al-Qaida and Hamas.

The RCMP probe, called Project OSALUKI, was launched in 2002 to unravel the Tamil Tiger financial and procurement networks. After Canada outlawed the LTTE in April 2006, RCMP raided the WTM offices in Toronto.

Inside the WTM offices Police found Tamil Tiger flags, manuals on missile guidance systems, books encouraging suicide bombings and paperwork including lists showing the amount of money donated by the Tamils living in Canada.

RCMP requested the courts to allow them a year to sort out the WTM documents. RCMP was given an extension of another year in 2007 to complete the investigation.

The WTM meanwhile denies any involvement in terrorist fundraising and vows to challenge the Canadian government's decision.

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