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Canadian Charity linked to LTTE revoked

Jul 18, 2010 5:24:46 AM - itnnews.lk

The charitable registration of Ottawa-area charity – Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society has been revoked. The announcement was made by the Canada Revenue Agency, which is responsible for administering tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories.

The Agency issued a notice last month of its intention to revoke the charitable registration of the Society saying that on the basis of an audit conducted, it has concluded that the Society has ceased to comply with the requirements of the Income Tax Act for its continued registration. The Canada Review Agency said in that, the charity failed to maintain adequate control and direction over the use of its funds; improperly issued tax receipts on behalf of third parties; and provided funding to non-qualified donees outside Canada.

According to the findings, the Tamil charity has provided funds including 713,000 Dollars to an organization, which the Agency believes was operating as part of the support network for the LTTE, a listed entity under the United Nations Suppression of Terrorism Regulations and the Criminal Code of Canada. The Agency said its audit also indicated that fundraising conducted under the Society’s auspices involved an individual who has been convicted in the United States of conspiring to provide material support to the LTTE.