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* German prosecutors charge three men suspected of fundraising and buying weapons for the LTTE, media report
Tue, Aug 31, 2010, 07:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 31, Colombo: German federal prosecutors has charged three men suspected of fundraising and buying weapons for the Sri Lankan separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, European media reported today.

According to an AFP report, one Sri Lankan Tamil V. S. Vijikanendra (35) and two German Tamils M. Sasitharan (33) and T. Koneswaran (39) have been charged with belonging to a banned "terrorist" organisation and breaking export law.

The prosecutors had said that the trio, arrested in March, had run the LTTE's German opeartions in the western city of Oberhausen and raised some three million Euros (3.8 million dollars) from Tamils in Germany between July 2007 and April 2009 for the LTTE to buy weapons and equipment.

There was no information on when the suspects would face trial. A court in Dusseldorf has to decide whether to try them.

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