You can read the whole article here at the National Post.
Canadian raised funds for Tamil Tigers, RCMP alleges
Stewart Bell, National Post Published: Monday, March 17, 2008
The RCMP says an Ontario man who was scheduled to appear in a Vancouver courtroom this morning to face Canada's first terrorism financing charge was collecting money for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers.
Prapaharan Thambithurai is accused of collecting money from ethnic Tamils in B.C.'s Lower Mainland that was destined for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, a foreign terrorist organization under Canadian law.
A senior B.C. counter-terrorism officer said Mr. Thambithurai, aka "Prapa," was soliciting donations for the World Tamil Movement (WTM), which police say is the leading Tamil Tigers front organization in Canada.
But many Canadian Tamils are at least sympathetic to the Tigers, who have been fighting a long-standing guerrilla war against the Sri Lankan government for a separate state for the country's ethnic Tamil minority.
Canada is home to the world's largest expatriate Sri Lankan Tamil community, and the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service have long alleged that front organizations based in Toronto have been secretly sending money to the Tigers to help them buy weapons.
There is a reason why Canada has the largest Sri Lankan Tamil community in the world outside of Sri Lanka even though the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is geographically closer and the more culturally similar to Sri Lanka. It has to do with Canada's lax refugee laws. Most Sri Lankan Tamils, I allege, are economic migrants conning the laxest refugee system in the entire world much the same way grifters con an easy mark. Why go to India when you can go to Canada? The abuse of our refugee system by Sri Lankan Tamils illustrates what is wrong with our refugee system and why it needs to be fixed. I've blogged about it enough and you can my reasons as to why Canada should stop accepting Sri Lankan Tamil refugees here.
The World Tamil Movement is considered by police to be the main LTTE front organization in the country. Ottawa has been trying to deport the group's former coordinator, Manickavasagam Suresh, alleging he sent money to the Tigers to buy military equipment.
The Tamil Tigers are one of the world's leading proponents of suicide bombings and are the only terrorist group to have successfully assassinated two world leaders, including India's Rajiv Gandhi.
The Tamil Tigers also use child soldiers as well.
Canada's refugee system was a god send to the Tamil Tiger thugs. And not only has it allowed LTTE members to slip in and operate in a first world country but Tamil gangs as well. You can read about it in Stewart Bell's book Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World.
India is a safe country for Sri Lankan Tamils. We should stop accepting them as refugees.