A Canadian has pleaded guilty in a New York court to plotting to supply materials to LTTE.
During an appearance in a Brooklyn, N.Y., courtroom, Ramanan Mylvaganam pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Mylvaganam will face up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in May.
The 35-year-old was arrested by RCMP officers in Toronto and extradited to the United States in 2009.
U.S. prosecutors had alleged that Mylvaganam conspired with another Canadian, Suresh Sriskandarajah, to acquire submarine design software, night vision goggles, computer equipment, electronic components and communications gear for the LTTE.
“The defendant conspired to provide sophisticated technological equipment to the LTTE, a foreign terrorist organization that has carried out brutal acts of violence against numerous civilians and elected officials,” United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Wednesday.
Material support for foreign terrorist organizations can have lethal consequences. That is why the FBI takes seriously the responsibility to prevent it and (we) do all we can to protect the safety of people around the globe," FBI assistant director Janice Fedarcyk said in a statement.
The FBI designated the LTTE a terrorist group in 1997 and holds the organization responsible for about 200 suicide bombings and numerous political assassinations over the past two decades. The LTTE, which had a major fundraising operation in Toronto and Montreal, was added to Canada's list of banned terrorist organizations in 2006.
Three Canadians serving life sentences for attempting to buy weapons for the Tamil Tigers signed an open letter last fall acknowledging they were wrong and renouncing political violence.