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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

Prosecutor tells Supreme Court that LTTE unemployed Vinayagamoorthy had A$ 525,000 in his bank account

By Walter Jayawardhana

Melbourne, 14 July, (Asiantribune.com): The prosecutor in the case in which Arun Vinayaga Moorthy , a supporter of the proscribed entity of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is charged for terrorism said that the accused being a man without a job deposited in his bank account Australian Dollars 525,000 Australian dollars between 2001 and 2005.

Prosecutor Mark Dean SC told the Supreme Court Vinayaga Moorthy(32) and Sivarajah Yathavan (36) were part of the Australian based Tamil Coordinating Committee , said to be a front to transfer funds to the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the LTTE also known as the Tamil Tigers, when the case was taken up in Melbourne, July 13.

Vinayagamoorthy has admitted that he is a supporter of the organization, but denied he has ever acted as a militant in a visa application, the court was told.

The prosecutor said money raised by the committee under the humanitarian aid including Tsunami aid was allegedly transferred by the two men to overseas.

Dean further submitted to the courts that since Vinayaga Moorthy were a member of the LTTE and he was allowed to be photographed with the terrorist group’s leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

It was revealed in the courts that in his visa application he declared "I have always considered myself to be a supporter of the LTTE . . . but I have never been a militant." He said Vinayaga Moorthy although unemployed were able to deposit Australian Dollars 525,000 within four years.

Dean said Vinayaga Moorthy spent Australian Dollars 97,000 to buy electronic transmitters and receivers identical to those used in attacks in Sri Lanka.

The prosecutor further said Yathavan was photographed hoding a machine gun while in Sri Lanka in 2003 and he extended his help to buy 185 marine hydraulic steering units once again identical to the kind used in a suicide attack that killed 17 Sri Lankan soldiers in May in 2006.

But the prosecutor said neither one of them could be identifiable as a risk to Australia.

Justice Bernard Bongiorno remanded both men in custody for a decision on a date to be fixed.

- Asian Tribune -

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