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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

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Col. Karuna

Material Support to Terrorists: US man Sentenced to Jail

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Mohamed Shorbagi, 42, of the Rome, in the State of Georgia in U.S. was sentenced 27 February to serve seven years and eight months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy, on a charge of providing material support to Hamas, a US designated foreign terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias of the Northern District of Georgia announced. Shorbagi's sentence was reduced from 15 years in prison, mandated under federal laws, because of the substantial cooperation he has provided in other terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions.

Tigers knew that the American ambassador and other diplomats were coming to discuss resettlement issues - Col. Karuna

Col. KarunaIn a scathing attack, Colonel Karuna alias V.Muralitharan, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) blamed Velupillai Prabakaran and his outfit LTTE for firing mortar shells at the Western diplomats -- American Ambassador Robert O Blake, German Ambassador Juregun Weerth, and the Italian Ambassador Pio Mariani -- who had come to assess the progres made in re-settlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) caught in the recent operations to evict the Tamil Tigers from the east. He dismissed the story of the Tigers that they did not know who was arriving in helicopters as "utter rubbish" because it was common knowledge in the east that the diplomats were arriving to attend a meeting organized by the Government Agent Batticoloa to discuss resettlement programs. He added that the Tamil Tigers monitor all movements in the east and they are well informed through their networks.

"Torture Trade" Flourishes Amid Regulatory Loopholes

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The torture of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad and the willful abuse and humiliation of terror suspects in the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay have been interpreted by human rights activists as violations of the 1987 U.N. Convention Against Torture. "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture," says Article 2 of the Convention.

French guillotine ready to chop the head of Paris-based Tamil Television Network.

Days of the Tamil Television Network (TTN) TV Channel - the main propaganda arm of the Tamil Tigers based in Paris, France -- are numbered, according to informed sources. Legal actions have been initiated to close down this operation owned by the Tamil Tigers. French authorities began their inquiries when protests were lodged by the Sri Lankan government about the terrorist propaganda broadcast from this station. Investigations into the accusations of broadcasting terrorist propaganda revealed that TTN was operating illegally without obtaining a proper license.

Chin activist testifies at UN conference on State-sponsored rape

A young Chin woman activist Cheery Zahau from Burma while speaking at a conference on state-sanctioned rape at the United Nations in New York, pointed out that only genuine political change to democracy, restoration of the rule of law, establishment of a civilian government through free and fair elections, and a withdrawal of Burma Army troops from ethnic areas will bring an end to the systematic sexual violence in Burma. Cheery Zahau, Co-ordinator of the Women’s League of Chinland, yesterday presented evidence of the widespread, systematic use of rape by the Burma Army throughout the country at the UN conference on state-sanctioned rape.

Diplomats Mishap: Lanka FM wants Int'l community to eliminate LTTE fundraising and procurement

Condemning yesterday morning's LTTE mortar attack on diplomats at Batticaloa, Rohitha Bogollagama, Sri Lanka Foreign Minister said in a statement that the international community should take effective measures to eliminate fund-raising and weapon procurement by the LTTE in foreign countries. The Government of Sri Lanka condemns this attack by the LTTE in the strongest terms, he states. The statement says that the "diplomats were on a humanitarian mission to East". Sri Lanka Government condemned in the strongest terms, yesterday’s attack on diplomats by the LTTE and reiterated its position on the need to eliminate terrorism.

US pro-LTTE organizations endorses Tamil Tigers willingness to secede

By Walter Jayawardhana

As the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam( LTTE) attacked US Ambassador together with his Italian counterpart following their announcement blaming the Western nations for not being ready to make concessions at the cost of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, sixteen pro-LTTE Tamil organizations in the United States issued a joint statement echoing the LTTE statement that was issued by the terrorist group on the fifth anniversary of the tattered Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) declaring it would resume war.

Samjhauta Express blasts: Introspection Needed

As hunt continued for those responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts, India and Pakistan both are pinning hopes of each other to cooperate in "identifying and punishing the guilty" while underlining the need for "effective action" against terror groups wherever they exist. Ruling out joint investigation into the attack, New Delhi emphasized that it was determined to investigate the attack and bring perpetrators of the crime to justice. India hopes that authorities in Pakistan will extend all cooperation in investigations when required in the interest of identifying and punishing the guilty.

Fiji’s military junta strong-arms its political opponents

Since seizing power last December, the Fijian military junta has not hesitated to ride roughshod over basic democratic rights and use brute force to silence any opposition. Arbitrary arrests, the use of physical violence against detainees and at least one death in custody all point to the ruthless methods being used. Significantly, the Labor Party is a central component of the military regime. Labour Party leader and former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry is the junta’s finance minister and is preparing to hand down an austerity budget in a desperate bid to revive the country’s failing economy. Former deputy Labor leader Poseci Bune is in charge of public service reform.

Vahan with Tamilselvan

A large LTTE arms carrying vessel destroyed by Sri Lanka navy off Dondra Point

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Navy fired and destroyed a 70 meter long arms carrying vessel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) off the Dondra point of the Southern province of Sri Lanka. The vessel caught fire and was sinking slowly in the Indian Ocean about 190 nautical miles south of the port of Galle, a Navy spokesman said.