Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger suspects on trial in Australia

Dec 14, 2007 (LBO) – Three Australians of Sri Lankan Tamil origin are to stand trial in Australia’s Supreme Court for engaging in terrorism related offences there, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said. On Friday afternoon, a Magistrates Court in Melbourne committed the three, Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, Sivarajah Yathavan and Arumugam Rajeevan, to stand trial in the Supreme Court of Australia.

They were charged by the Australian Director of Public Prosecutions for having committed three offences under the Criminal Code Act, and the Charter of the United Nations Act of Australia.

The three suspects are charged for having been members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is a terrorist organization, providing funds and material support to the LTTE and making available assets collected in Australia to the LTTE, the statement said.

The trial against the three LTTE activists will commence in 2008/9 in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The committal followed a preliminary hearing in Australia against the three defendants based on a case investigated into by the Anti-Terrorism Task Force of the Australian Federal Police.

In addition to Australian Police Officers, several Sri