Ontario court reserves judgement on extradition of suspected terrorist and money launderer

By Christine Duhaime | September 22nd, 2010

Suresh Sriskandarajah, also know as “Waterloo Suresh,” a Sri Lankan refugee to Canada being sought by the U.S. on terrorism and money laundering charges, is free on bail while the Ontario Court of Appeal decides whether to allow his appeal of a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granting an order committing him into the custody of U.S. officials for extradition under the Extradition Act. The Court of Appeal reserved judgement today.

Sriskandarajah was arrested in 2006 as a result of a joint FBI – RCMP investigation and charged in the U.S. with conspiracy to provide material support and resources to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan (LTTE), and wilfully dealing in LTTE property. The LTTE is a designated terrorist organization in Canada and in the U.S.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Sriskandarajah allegedly wrote several explicit e-mails instructing student couriers on how to smuggle equipment illegally into Sri Lanka for the LTTE, and how to bribe and lie to customs officials and the Sri Lankan Army to get past military check-points. In one e-mail quoted in the complaint, he is alleged to have told students to make up “BS” to get into LTTE-controlled territory and once there, to inform LTTE officials that they were sent by “Waterloo Suresh.”

With other co-defendants, Sriskandarajah is alleged to have helped LTTE officials buy communications towers, purchased submarine and warship equipment, smuggled computer, GPS equipment and other items to LTTE-controlled areas in Sri Lanka, and conspired to buy almost $1 million worth of missiles and assault rifles in New York. He is also alleged to have used U.S. banks to launder money for LTTE terrorist activities. You can read the criminal complaint here (Download USA v. Fnu Lnu).

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