Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger terror funds network bared in Canada probe

Aug 19, 2008 (LBO) – An investigation by Canadian police has revealed details of a Tamil Tiger fund raising and money laundering network in which the group raised more than three million dollars to buy weapons. According to a report in Canada’s National Post newspaper, the Toronto-based World Tamil Movement (WTM) has been accused of bankrolling the Tigers by raising funds from Tamil immigrants and transferring them to overseas bank accounts.

The WTM was shut down by the Canadian government in June for alleged terrorist financing.

The newspaper quoted a secret report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) which was unsealed by a federal court order.

Most of the money, 1.9-million dollars, went to an account at the Bumiputra Commerce Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that the RCMP report says “is utilized as a vehicle to forward money to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) from Canada.”

The 83-page financial report is the fruit of two years of analysis of banking records seized by Canadian anti-terrorism police who are investigating a financial network run by supporters of the Tamil Tigers that allegedly raised money in Canada to buy arms for the guerrillas, the National Port said.