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'UK Tamil procured war material, funds for LTTE'

The outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam procured war-stores and raised funds for its activities in the UK, an ongoing trial of a 'prominent figure' in the Tamil community in London has revealed.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2009 13:40 IST

The outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) procured war-stores and raised funds for its activities in the UK, an ongoing trial of a 'prominent figure' in the Tamil community in London has revealed.

Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, a self-confessed member of LTTE, was found to have procured material, electric components and raised funds for the organisation banned in UK despite warnings by the authorities to stop his activities.

Some of the components he procured allegedly had "an obvious terrorist purpose", the court was told, though Chrishanthakumar, also known as Shanthan, has denied any conspiracy charges.

He is also charged with amassing a hoard of military equipment including machetes, combat boots, camouflage clothes, spades and handcuffs, The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday.

Another charge alleged that he received terrorist documents including guides to underwater warfare systems, explosive ordnance disposal and mine clearance.

He is also accused of two further offences - receiving money and belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely the LTTE.

The five offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2003 and June 2007.

Three other men, Jegatheswaran Muraleetharan (Muralee), 46, and his brother, Jeyatheswaran Vythyatharan (Vithy), 40, from Powys, Wales, and Murugesu Jegatheeswaran (Jegan), 34, from Mitcham, south London, are charged with receiving electronic items for use in terrorism. All have denied the charges.