Oct 29, Brooklyn, NY: A United States court has sentenced a Canadian Tamil Tiger operative, who was extradited to the US pleaded guilty to charges of supporting the banned terrorist organization, Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to two years in prison.
The suspect, Suresh Sriskandarajah, 32, on 02 July 2013 pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, LTTE.
Prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., had wanted Sriskandarajah who was extradited to US in December 2012 from Canada, to serve the maximum sentence of 15 years but the defense counsel has argued for time served.
Sriskandarajah was charged in connection with his attempt to procure sophisticated military technology, including submarine and warship design software and night vision equipment, for the LTTE.
Sriskandarajah has used students as couriers to smuggle prohibited items into LTTE-controlled Wanni region in Sri Lanka. He has also helped the LTTE launder its proceeds in the United States and elsewhere.
Sriskandarajah and another suspect Piratheepan Nadarajah, 37, alleged LTTE operatives were extradited from Canada and arraigned on December 27, 2012 in the United State federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
Six of Sriskandarajah's co-defendants were previously convicted of terrorism-related offenses in connection with their support for the LTTE.
Nadarajah, from Brampton, Ontario will be sentenced on Jan. 31, 2014, after admitting to charges of assisting a foreign terrorist organization earlier this month.
He was charged with conspiring and attempting to acquire US$1 million worth of anti-aircraft missiles, missile launchers, and other military equipment and conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the LTTE.
Both men were arrested in Toronto following a joint RCMP-FBI investigation called Project O-Needle in 2006. They have been fighting extradition in Canada since then and in December last year lost the battle when the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the orders to extradite them to the US to face charges against them.