Canada man pleaded guilty in first terrorism fundraising case

On May 11, 2011, Canadian resident Prapaharan Thambithurai pleaded guilty to raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Canada's first case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. LTTE was a separatist military group that operated in Sri Lanka between 1976 - 2009, including precipitating the Sri Lankan Civil War in 1983. In his plea, Thambithurai confessed to raising between $2,000 and $3,000 between 2007 and 2008 for LTTE. He was the first person to be charged under controversial Canadian terrorism funding legislation enacted in the wake of 9/11 and he was ultimately sentenced to six months in prison.

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