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Singaporean imprisoned in US for helping LTTE

Dec 17, 2010 10:25:20 AM - itnnews.lk

A man from Singapore has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for trying to funnel arms to the LTTE.

48-year-old Balraj Naidu was yesterday sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He was convicted in October of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Federal prosecutors say Naidu was part of a conspiracy to buy weapons for the LTTE, a group that’s been fighting since 1976 for a separate state in Sri Lanka. The State Department designated it as a terrorist organization in 1997. Prosecutors say Naidu tried to buy $900,000 in weapons from an undercover business in Maryland.