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LTTE fund raiser arrested in Canada

A Tamil person living in Canada was apprehended by the Canadian authorities yesterday (17) for allegedly collecting funds for the LTTE terrorists in Sri Lanka. He was operating in Canada under the banner of a socio-cultural organization, Canadian officials said on Monday (17). It is reported that this is the first incident where an LTTE operative was apprehended in Canadian soil. The LTTE is a banned terrorist outfit in Canada. The arrested man has been collecting funds for the LTTE from the Tamil Diasporas in Canada.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) the apprehended person has been identified as Prapaharan Thambithurai, an ethnic Tamil who will face Canada's first terrorism financing charge: collecting money for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers.

A senior British Columbia counter-terrorism officer told the media that Mr. Thambithurai was soliciting donations for the World Tamil Movement (WTM), which police say is the leading front organization for the LTTE in Canada.