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Cablegate: Enterprising Tamil Tiger Fundraiser Wins Award

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SUBJECT: Enterprising Tamil Tiger Fundraiser Wins Award

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1. (U) A 27 year-old MBA student, wanted by U.S. law enforcement for
allegedly setting up an elaborate terrorism-support network for the
Tamil Tigers, was awarded a C$5,000 academic prize for his
"entrepreneurial skills" by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo,
Ontario. The student, Suresh Sriskandarajah (DOB: 31 July 1980) is
also known as "Waterloo Suresh" to Tamil Tiger leaders overseas.
The U.S. has asked Canada to extradite him to the U.S. to stand
trial on charges of acquiring C$22,000 worth of sensitive
warship-building software for the Tamil Tigers and related
money-laundering charges. The student is free on bail pending the
outcome of his extradition hearing, currently scheduled for January
2009. Some, but not all, of his activities are alleged to have
occurred before Canada's Conservative government blacklisted the
Tamil Tigers as a terrorist group in the spring of 2006.

2. (SBU) COMMENT: Canadian census data indicates that 98,000
Canadians claim Tamil as their mother tongue. This award would seem
to indicate that not all Canadians view the Tamil Tigers as the
terrorists that Canadian and U.S. law hold them to be. END COMMENT.


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