TRO bought US$70 Million Worth of Weapons
Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) that posed as an organization to get relief for Tamils have bought US$70 million worth of weapons. This has been revealed when its chief Lawrence Thilakar was arrested. The heads of the network that assisted Thilakar to procure arms were ‘Waterloo’ Suresh of the USA and Erik ‘Waterloo,’ a former General of Indonesian Marines. This has been confirmed by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the USA.
As soon as Thilagar was arrested by Sri Lankan authorities Arjun Ediriweerasingham of TRO in London had asked assistance from Human Rights Watch to get him released.
With the arrest of Thilagar activities of Kumaran Pathmanadan alias KP would be revealed.
The Tamil Rehabilitation Organization maintained one of the greatest facades of modern history by showing the world that it was an organization bent on collecting funds for the so called 'oppressed' Tamils in Sri Lanka. In fact, this was the premier front organization of the LTTE, in it's fund raising campaign.
The TRO worked so smoothly that they had branches of the organization in 18 countries. In fact, in countries such as Norway, fund raising was done openly, with the approval of the Government of that country. Even Kofi Annan met with officials of the TRO and praised them for what they were doing for the Tamils who had lost their homes etc during the 2004 Tsunami. At that time,, little did he know what the TRO was up to.
With money pouring in, especially from the Tamil diaspora, the TRO in its confidence dropped its guard and were tied up to the LTTE terrorists on investigations by the USA.
On Nov. 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, Inc. (TRO) as a supporter of the group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, charging that TRO was a fundraising front. TRO's offices in 18 countries, including one in Cumberland, MD, were also designated. The designations, authorized by Executive Order 13224, prohibit Americans from engaging in financial transactions with designated groups and freeze any assets the groups may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
"In the United States, TRO has raised funds on behalf of the LTTE through a network of individual representatives. According to sources within the organization, TRO is the preferred conduit of funds from the United States to the LTTE in Sri Lanka. TRO also has facilitated LTTE procurement operations in the United States. Those operations included the purchase of munitions, equipment, communication devices, and other technology for the LTTE." According to Treasury, because of the humanitarian fundraising after the 2004 tsunami, LTTE was able to use the aid from TRO to strengthen its military operations.
Although the United States of America banned the TRO, it did not deter the organization from collecting funds through various front organizations. 'A Front for the Front'. Even organizations such as Tamils for Obama and Tamils for Clinton, are suspected to be front organizations for the TRO.
With the capture of Thilakar and now Urumaran, plent yof information is coming out. This we will know in the very near future, once the wanted people and operatives are in the net.
The Tamil community in Toronto has long been known to provide material support to the terrorist Tigers organization, and so-called aid organizations and charities, such as Toronto’s “The Tamils Rehabilitation Organization” have been investigated by the RCMP and Revenue Canada for their ties to terrorism. Today the federal government moved against the World Tamil Movement of Ontario and World Tamil Movement of Quebec, accused of being a front for the activities of funding the LLTE.
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