Friday, March 6, 2009

Canadian Accused Of Helping Tamil Tigers Ordered Extradited To The US

A Canadian accused of helping the Tamil Tigers has been ordered extradited to the United States.

Suresh Sriskandarajah, 28, was arrested in August 2006 as part of a joint investigation by the RCMP and the FBI.

Sriskandarajah is accused of laundering money, buying military software and using students to smuggle equipment into Tiger-controlled areas of northern Sri Lanka.

Thursday, a judge decided he must now stand trial in the US.

His lawyer John Norris admitted he was disappointed with the verdict, but said he was encouraged by a court of appeal hearing scheduled for Friday.

A bail review will also be launched, pending the appeal of the decision. Norris will also appeal to the Minister of Justice who has the power to halt the extradition, a process that could take up to a year.

The University of Waterloo graduate (engineering) was out on a $400,000 bail, which was revoked Thursday.

In court documents he is described as being a leader of other suspected supporters with ties to the Tamil Student Association at Waterloo.

While out on bail, he earned an additional degree: an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

He was praised by his professors as being "a man of high moral integrity."