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Toronto LTTE supporter describes how the outfit murdered his father.02.12.2009-itn news Sri Lanka

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Published on Dec 4, 2009

A Toronto man who will be sentenced in the United States next month for procuring weapons for the Tamil tigers rebels described in court documents how those same rebels murdered his father.

Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam said in a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court that he fled to Canada after the Tamil tigers took away his father and shot him eight times for refusing to give them money. According to the National Post of Canada, he did not explain why, while living in Canada years later, he would take part in an illicit conspiracy to buy black market weapons for the very rebel group that had killed his father.
But the memorandum portrays Mr. Thanigasalam as a man traumatized by Sri Lankas brutal civil war, who spent his youth in temporary camps and was detained, beaten and tortured by both sides in the conflict.

He is asking the court for no more than the 25-year minimum sentence, as is Sahilal Sabaratnam, another Canadian convicted on the same charges. Prosecutors are seeking sentences of up to life in prison.

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