Saturday, November 1, 2008

US jails S'porean for conspiracy to provide material support to LTTE

Haniffa Bin Osman, a citizen of Singapore was has been sentenced to 37 months in jail followed by three years of supervised let go for plan to provide cloth hold up to LTTE and money laundering in District of Maryland.
The verdict was passed by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, announced Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
"The Singaporean conspired with three others to give fabric support to the LTTE, a chosen foreign terrorist organization, and attempted to unlawfully sell abroad arms, counting state-of-the-art firearms, grenade launchers, nocturnal vision devices, exterior to air weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles. We will use all obtainable legal gear to stop terrorism, counting undercover operations targeting people who attempt to get military weapons in violation of American law," said Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, from April to September 29, 2006 Osman and three others; Haji Subandi, Erick Wotulo and Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa conspired to provide state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns and ammunition, surface to air missiles, night vision goggles and other military weapons to the LTTE.
"This case demonstrates the helpful and persistent efforts of U.S. law enforcement agencies to go after terrorist organizations and their illegal supporters." said Scot Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Baltimore. "ICE will take on to do everything we can to wait complex U.S. weapons from decrease into the hands of terrorists."
"Terrorist organizations carry on to seek a complicated range of military-grade weaponry and equipment from transnational dealers which can be utilized in furtherance of violent campaigns," said James R. Ives, Special Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal logical Service's Mid-Atlantic Field Office. "Individuals who intentionally provide hold up to these groups petroleum global insecurity; they are as guilty as those who use the illicit weapons and equipment to carry out mean attacks. The consequences of this learn are analytic of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service's promise to working with the Department of Justice and law enforcement partners to transport criminals looking for to profit from against the law weapons sales to justice."
Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 38, a citizen of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 57 months in prison for the plot and attempted arms exportation.
Subandi, age 71, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 months in jail for plot to give material support to a foreign terrorist organization, money laundering and attempted exportation of arms and weapons.
Wotulo, age 60, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, and a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General, pleaded culpable and was sentenced to 30 months in jail for the conspiracy and money laundering.

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