A Sri Lankan Canadian accused of supporting the LTTE has lost a key court ruling in his long-running fight to avoid extradition to the United States.
Suresh Sriskandarajah, 30, of Waterloo faces up to 25 years in prison for allegedly working for the terrorist outfit in his native Sri Lanka between 2004 and 2006. An accomplished student with several degrees from local universities, Sriskandarajah was ordered extradition in March 2009 after a judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial in the U.S. The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld that order in a ruling released yesterday, dismissing arguments that Sriskandarajah did not know he was dealing with senior members of the tigers or realize he was supporting terrorism. The three-judge panel also rejected arguments Sriskandarajah should not be sent to the U.S. because his alleged crimes were committed while he was in Canada and that the country’s anti-terrorism laws are too broad.