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 Post subject: Sydney man arrested on Tamil Tiger terror charges
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:16 pm 
Sydney man arrested on Tamil Tiger terror charges

Arumugam Rajeevan was charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation and produced in court.

© Agencies 2007 / Tue Jul 10, 2007

SYDNEY - A Sydney man was arrested and charged with terrorism offences on Tuesday for being a member of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and supporting the organisation, which has waged a two-decade long civil war, police said.

The 41-year-old man, Arumugam Rajeevan, will appear in Sydney's Central Local Court on Tuesday. Police said they will seek his extradition to the southern state of Victoria, where two Australians have already been charged with similar offences.

Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, 32, and Sivarajah Yathavan, 36, were seized in May during raids in the Victoria state capital, Melbourne, after a two-year investigation by state and federal police.

Australian Federal Police said the Sydney man was charged with "intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation", "providing support or resources to a terrorist organisation" and "making an asset available to a proscribed entity".

Rajeevan, who holds a Victorian driver's licence, appeared briefly in Sydney's Central Local Court for an interstate extradition hearing.

His defence lawyer, Phillip Boulten SC, consented to the order for Rajeevan to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Dressed in a business suit, Rajeevan, of Old Toongabbie in Sydney's west, appeared calm during the brief proceedings.

Mr Boulten said his client would comply with the extradition order and "do anything to facilitate the course of justice".

The charges carry maximum prison terms of 25, 10, and five years respectively.

In May, two Australians in the southern city of Melbourne were charged with being members of the Tamil Tigers and using 2004 Asian tsunami relief funds for terrorist activities. The men have appeared in court but have not yet entered a plea.

Nineteen Australians already face terrorism charges.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil, but tougher anti-terrorism laws were imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked airliner attacks on the United States.


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 Post subject: Sydney man 'met terror leader'
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:49 pm 
Sydney man 'met terror leader'

Arumugam Rajeevan, 40, of Old Toongabbie, in Sydney's west, allegedly controlled $600,000 collected by the Melbourne-based Tamil Coordinating Committee, and which was sent to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka. In October 2003, Rajeevan went to Sri Lanka and met with the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is the subject of an Interpol international arrest warrant for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and a bombing in Colombo in the 1990s which killed around 90 people.

Copyright 2007 The Age / By Melissa Jenkins
July 11, 2007


A SYDNEY man with alleged links to the Sri Lankan terrorist organisation the Tamil Tigers met with a man wanted over the murder of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, a Melbourne court heard today.

Arumugam Rajeevan, 40, of Old Toongabbie, in Sydney's west, allegedly controlled $600,000 collected by the Melbourne-based Tamil Coordinating Committee, and which was sent to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka.

He was arrested in NSW yesterday and extradited to Victoria last night.

Rajeevan appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court today charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation, providing support or resources to a terrorist organisation and making funds available to a proscribed entity.

Prosecutor Mark Dean SC said Rajeevan was a qualified accountant and a signatory to the coordinating committee's bank account.

In October 2003, Rajeevan went to Sri Lanka and met with the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is the subject of an Interpol international arrest warrant for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and a bombing in Colombo in the 1990s which killed around 90 people, Mr Dean said.

Rajeevan did not apply for bail, but his lawyer Sam Norton foreshadowed an application next week.

His two co-accused – Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, 32, of Mt Waverley, and Sivarajah Yatahavan, 36, of Vermont South – were denied bail on May 8 this year.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge adjourned Rajeevan's case to August 23 for a committal mention.


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