Sunday, December 6, 2009
By: Kamala Chandrakurana
It was a Patriotic meeting called by peace loving Canadian-Sri Lankan community with RCMP National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) and Toronto Police Unit Commander Director Mark Pugash & team on 5th December 2009 “Party Room” at 301 Prudential DR, Scarborough. Toronto.
It was attended by nearly 100 Canadian-Sri Lankan citizens (Including Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims and Burgers) who were worried about the threat to peace and harmony among our community in Canada since the pro-LTTE group invited “Nam Thamilar” (We are Tamils) movement leader, Tamil Nadu Cine industry personality and Very close follower of LTTE leader Pribaharan who had given a “Mavirar” (War Heroes) speech recently in Toronto. He called all young generation Tamils to become a human bomb to achieve dream land “Tamil Eleam”. Also he called to kill all Sinhalese in this world in order to get Tamil Freedom and Tamil home land “Tamil Eleam”
RCMP prompt action was highly appreciated at this meeting to deport this terrorist Leader immediately after his violence speech. However, concern was arise the Visit visa issued to him since he is a notorious LTTE leader. RCMP team has noted the concern and promise to be watchful in future all this group activities.
All credit has to go to Mr. Lenin Benedic and his team who were organized this meeting. It was necessary meeting to bring more confidence on RCMP and its law & order implementation. All participations were raised so many questions about LTTE activities in Toronto. RCMP Superintendent has told that he is aware of all the activities and their net work even he mentioned that this meeting was attended by some of them and they were transmitting every discussion through their “Blackberry” communication unit. ( CTC Spy & LTTE Spy’s )
It was a true statement by chief as it was very noticeable to everyone the person who was sitting in third row was kept switch on his “Blackberry” and transmitting the conversation. He is well known LTTE spy and member of Canadian Tamil Congress Mr. Vije. He was accompanied by some of other member of LTTE intelligent wing. They all were shocked by the remark made by RCMP Superintendent. They were watching who raising questions against them.
However, some of participants were bolder and courage to come out with evidence against to LTTE operations in Canada. They told that they are no more fear about LTTE and they want to associate with RCMP to clean this anti-social elements to have peaceful and harmony in Toronto and all over Canada.
It is a strong message sent to all Pro-LTTE groups that every Canadian-Sri Lankan is joining hands without looking their race and religion. RCMP is welcome this meeting and show more credible attitude to crash this terror group.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Stewart Bell, National Post Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009
TORONTO -- Canadian immigration officials arrested an Indian man in Toronto on Thursday after he gave a fiery speech at an event where the flag of the outlawed Tamil Tigers rebels was flown.
Sebastian Seeman, who was in Canada on a speaking tour, was taken into custody by Canada Border Services Agency officers and questioned before agreeing to leave the country immediately.
A CBSA spokeswoman, Patricia Giolti, confirmed the arrest, and his lawyer Hadayt Nazami said immigration officials had intended to deport him on security grounds unless he left voluntarily.
He departed Canada on Thursday night.
Mr. Seeman was scheduled to speak at a Tamil community function last night but was forced to cancel due to his arrest. He was to speak in Montreal on Sunday.
A film director from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Seeman is known for his hardline speeches in support of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebels and their fight for independence.
The Tigers were wiped out by the Sri Lankan military in May, ending three decades of civil war but during the final months of the conflict Mr. Seeman was arrested several times in India for speeches considered inflammatory.
He was also targeted by the Indian press after photos surfaced showing him smiling and posing with the late leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran.
During his speech in Toronto on Wednesday, Mr. Seeman talked about restarting the civil war in Sri Lanka, according to several Tamil-Canadians who heard it on the radio or watched it on the Internet.
He also spoke harshly about the ethnic Singhala who are the majority in Sri Lanka. "No Singhala can live," he said, according to the witnesses. He also said the war would have ended differently had the rebels bombed 100 Singhala schools for every Tamil school bombed by the Sri Lankan forces.
In the video of his speech, a flag bearing the militaristic emblem of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, can be seen in the room. The Tigers are a banned terrorist organization under Canadian law.
RCMP officers and members of the Toronto and Peel police services were involved in Mr. Seeman's arrest, which comes as police are cracking down on the pro-rebel events that were once common in Toronto.
"I think that's what the accusation was, to be honest with you, that he was pro-LTTE ... membership in a terrorist group, whether by association, activity or speeches or we don't know," Mr. Nazami said.
Mr. Nazami said Mr. Seeman had denied any ties to the rebels. He had agreed to leave because CBSA officials intended to detain him until at least Monday, which meant he would miss his speaking events.
"I think for him that was the deciding factor," Mr. Nazami said. "The issue was, he's a film director, he's got things to do."
Mr. Seeman's speaking tour coincided with "heroes' day," also known as "martyr's day," an event held each year to commemorate Tamil rebels who died during the fight for independence.
A report by the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre, an agency based in CSIS headquarters, says that during the 2007 martyr's day event "children were photographed wearing LTTE t-shirts and one young boy was shown brandishing a fake weapon."
Police have been investigating Tamil Tigers activities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver since 2002. The investigation concluded that pro-rebel groups in Canada had funneled millions of dollars to the Tigers.
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott said in a speech last month that while the Sri Lankan insurgency had ended, the Tamil Tigers remained a terrorist group that could have a significant impact in Canada.
"There are an estimated 250,000 Tamils in this country, more than anywhere else in the world outside of Sri Lanka. Canada is one of the few places in the world where LTTE terrorists and supporters might seek to hide in plain sight, and potentially launch terrorist activities," he said.
Mr. Seeman entered Canada on Monday. He was traveling on a visa issued last month by the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi. He visited Canada in 2007 without incident.
Gas can found at scene
Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 | 7:55 AM ET
A Thursday night fire at a Buddhist temple in east end Toronto frequented by people of Sri Lankan origin was deliberately set, police say.
Someone used what appears to be gasoline to start the blaze at the rear of the Maha Vihara Buddhist Meditation Centre on Kingston Road, Toronto police said.
Investigators found a gas can at the scene. They used dogs to try to track the suspects, but the trail went cold.
Damage is estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. The temple, which is frequented by those of Sinhalese descent, has previously been struck by arson.
In May, an arsonist lit a fire at the temple's front door. Police have not yet found who was responsible for that blaze.
Worshippers at the time said ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka were to blame. Sri Lanka's consul general Bandula Jayasekara echoed that sentiment in May, placing the blame for the fire on local supporters of the Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lankan rebel group.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The toughest sentence of seven years in was given to Nadaraja Matinthiran, whom the court heard was the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organisation in France.
Matinthiran was accused of extorting some five million euros (7.4 million dollars) from France's 75,000-strong Tamil community, many of them refugees from the conflict in their homeland.
The court also ordered that the Coordinating Committee of Tamils-France be dismantled after ruling that it was a front for the LTTE, which is on the European Union's list of terror groups.
The alleged Tamil leader in France and the 20 other defendants appeared in court for the sentencing along with family members and a large contingent from the Tamil community, among the biggest in Europe.
Two more LTTE members were given four years in prison and a third six years, while the others received sentences ranging from three and a half years to six months suspended. One defendant was acquitted.
The defendants were convicted of having pressured Tamil families in Paris and the surrounding area to provide funds to support the LTTE's armed campaign in Sri Lanka.
Most of the suspects were arrested in April 2007 and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, financing of terrorism or racketeering to finance terrorism.
Experts believe the Tamil Tigers exert a controlling influence over the diaspora, in many cases levying a "revolutionary tax" based on household size and income.
Sri Lankan government forces overran the Tigers' last jungle holdout in the northeast in May, ending their four-decade struggle for an independent Tamil homeland, one of Asia's longest-running ethnic conflicts.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Several cases involve Tamil Tigers and their supporters
The RCMP disrupted 14 suspected terrorism cases in recent months, including several without charges or publicity.
The cases all involved suspected national security-related criminal acts and the Mounties' national security enforcement teams and sections, according to the force's fiscal 2008-2009 performance report tabled in the Commons.
Buried deep within an attached document, police reveal they disrupted the activities of the 14 groups and/or individuals during the year. Though no additional details are offered, a handful of the cases were publicized.
At least four involved suspected operations of the Tamil Tigers, the separatist guerrillas defeated by Sri Lankan government forces in May following more than 25 years of civil war.
"Prosecutions are by far the preferred path, (but) it's just not always possible," Assistant Commissioner Bob Paulson, head of the force's National Security Criminal Investigations unit, said in an interview.
Disrupting a suspected terror activity using, for example, search-and-seizure tactics, is a "good way of engaging the threat," Paulson said when a criminal prosecution isn't feasible. "Disruptions," however, are still quantified and reported as a
- additional way to evaluate the force's counter-terrorism effectiveness and to help justify the expenses of often lengthy and complex investigations.
The other known Tamil cases include police raids and the seizure of property and bank accounts against the Toronto and Montreal offices of the World Tamil Movement, which the RCMP says is the Canadian financial and propaganda support wing of the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
Another case was the March 2008 arrest of a man in Vancouver who became the first Canadian charged with terrorist financing for allegedly raising money for the LTTE.
As well, the Mounties arrested and extradited three Tiger supporters to the United States, where they were recently convicted on charges related to buying anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons for the rebels.
Rounding out the bottom end of the 14 cases were four involving terrorist hoaxes and public mischief charges. One involved a Mississauga man who allegedly phoned Toronto police to report that a right-wing Muslim group was planning to make a name for itself by blowing up a mall in New Jersey.
News of the 14 cases follows a major speech in Ottawa last week in which RCMP Commissioner William Elliott said disrupting credible and imminent threats without sufficient evidence to justify criminal charges is sometimes necessary.
But, "counter-terrorism measures based exclusively on intelligence that falls short of the evidentiary threshold are fraught with danger and difficulty," he added.
In future, countering the dangers posed by terrorism will require the RCMP to take on a greater responsibility for national security, which is now largely the domain of the civilian Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
By putting more terrorism cases before the courts and more terrorists in jail, "I believe that law enforcement and criminal prosecutions will be the new paradigm of national security in democratic nations the world over," he said.
Re: Collacott's Myopia Never Ceases To Amaze, letter to the editor, Nov. 4; 'Normal' In Sri Lanka Is Not Good Enough, letter to the editor, Nov. 7.
Letter-writers Roy Ratnavel and David Poopalapillai have attempted to make the case that Tamils are persecuted in Sri Lanka. If we accept this contention, it will help pave the way for the boatload of Sri Lankan Tamils who arrived recently in our waters to claim they are genuine refugees and, therefore, entitled to stay here permanently.
While the fighting continued in Sri Lanka, the argument was made that young Tamil men were at risk either from the government side -- which thought they might be supporters of the Tamil Tiger terrorists -- or from the Tigers themselves, who were not reluctant about using forceful methods where necessary to gain new recruits for their movement. The fighting ended in May of this year, however, and this argument has become less than convincing.
As Tamils, are they being persecuted? In support of his claim that the Sri Lankan government has an anti-Tamil bias, Mr. Ratnavel cites the large numbers of Tamils killed by Sinhalese mobs in Colombo in July 1983, following the deaths of 13 soldiers in an ambush carried out by the Tigers. While questions have been raised about the slowness of the authorities in quelling the violence and restoring order on that occasion, the fact is that in the intervening years no similar outbreak has been allowed to occur -- despite terrorist bombings by the Tigers that have killed hundreds of civilians.
Tamils, understandably, recall with horror the events of July 1983 and many at the time fled to what they regarded as safer areas of the country. Since then, however, the authorities have ensured that Tamils can live in a state of security in the capital and their proportion of the population in the Colombo District has actually increased beyond what it was before the 1983 riots. In the central area of the city they now constitute about one third of population. A Tamil, moreover, served as mayor in the late 1990s and there are currently three Tamil ministers in the national Cabinet.
In the circumstances, the recent boat arrivals will have a hard time proving they are members of a persecuted minority in Sri Lanka -- which they will have to do if they are to make a credible case for being granted refugee status in Canada. Otherwise, they will have to line up like thousands of others and apply to come here as regular immigrants if they want to enjoy the benefits of living in this country.
Martin Collacott, former high commissioner to Sri Lanka, Vancouver.Read more