German prosecutors said today they had charged three men suspected of fundraising and buying weapons for the Tamil Tigers.
Sri Lankan national V.S. Vijikanendra, 35, and German nationals M. Sasitharan, 33, and T. Koneswaran, 39, were charged with belonging to a banned “terrorist” organisation and breaking export laws. A statement said the three men, arrested in March, ran in the western city of Oberhausen the German “affiliate” of the LTTE, banned as a “terrorist” outfit in the European Union. The statement added that between July 2007 and April 2009 they raised some three million euros from Tamils in Germany and transferred it to the LTTE or used it on LTTE orders to buy weapons and other items. Prosecutors said V.S. Vijikanendra is also believed to have been in charge of all of the Tigers’ foreign affiliates. They did not say when the men might face trial.