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 Post subject: TRO removed from the list of registered charities in UK
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:51 pm 
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TRO removed from the list of registered charities in UK

by Dushy Ranetunge
@ The Island


On August 10, 2005 the British Charity Commission removed the LTTE front, the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) from its list of registered charities, and closed its investigation into the TRO initiated in October 2000.

In October 2000, The Island newspaper in an article titled ‘British Charities fund terrorists’ highlighted terror links of some British registered charities. Later that month the British Charity Commission raided the TRO and initiated investigations into its activities.

A specialist British law enforcement agency was particularly interested in the activities of the TRO and even the British Prime Minister’s Office had made inquiries about the TRO from the Sri Lankan authorities.

The Charity Commission placed the administration of the TRO in the hands of a firm of Chartered Accountants while investigating allegations that the TRO is a terrorist front of the LTTE, a listed terrorist organization in Britain. It was alleged that the TRO was raising funds for terrorism under the guise of a rehabilitation organization.

The delisting of the TRO in Britain is a major blow to the aspirations of the terrorists. Canada too has refused to register the TRO as a charity and Australia has refused to fund or work with the TRO. The LTTE, insists that international agencies work via the TRO in areas under their control and international organizations whose primary concern is the delivery of aid, have no other option, but to deal with the TRO and the LTTE, in terrorist held areas.

However, the TRO was registered as an NGO and a Charity in Sri Lanka by the Wickremasinghe administration, soon after the ceasefire agreement. In the past the TRO sought legitimacy by stating that it was a British registered charity. Now it markets itself on the grounds that it is a charity registered with the government of Sri Lanka.

The TRO is the brainchild of the LTTE leader, V Prabakaran who is on the Interpol red notice most wanted list. The TRO is a fund rising and an intelligence gathering organization of the terrorists, masquerading as a rehabilitation organization, similar to NORAID, of the IRA.

The LTTE wanted the TRO to gain charity status in the UK and Canada, in order to attract more funding in those countries. This was a major part of its global strategy in its aspiration to carve out a separate, ethnically pure, Tamil enclave in North East Sri Lanka.

The listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organization in the UK , US and many other countries and the refusal of many of these states to accept the LTTE’s primary fund raising vehicle, the TRO, as a legitimate charity has dealt a major blow to the lofty aspirations of this most violent of terrorist organizations.


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