US wants 15 years sentence for Lankan

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The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a 15-year prison sentence for a Canadian who pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy for his role in a plot to supply separatist rebels in Sri Lanka.

In a sentencing report filed in a Brooklyn, N.Y. court, U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch said Ramanan Mylvaganam had committed “a gravely serious offence” by attempting to procure equipment for the Tamil rebels.

“Any sentence other than a substantial sentence of incarceration risks undermining respect for the law by suggesting that a defendant can evade serious punishment for providing material support to a terrorist organization,” she wrote.

But the defence has asked the judge to sentence Mylvaganam to time served and release him, arguing the Sri Lankan civil war at the heart of the case was over and the Canadian was not a political zealot.

“This case represents the one, isolated transgression on his part,” his lawyer Jerry Fong wrote. “His failing in this case is one of judgment. However, Mr. Mylvaganam certainly has learned his lesson and is truly remorseful.”

His sentencing was scheduled for Friday.
Mylvaganam, 35, is accused of trying to buy night vision goggles for the Tigers and assisting Suresh Sriskandarajah, who had allegedly been asked by a senior rebel procurement agent to buy computer equipment, electronic components and communications equipment. (National Post)

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  • Conty Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:28 AM

    America's acknowledgement of S/L ending a terrorist war was, "To bring in a UN resolution for human rights abuse against Tamils"
    I ask USA, knowing that a terrorist organisation existed in USA and the existence of the Diaspora supplying the terrorist in S/L from US soil, I fail to understand the mentality of US policies. The US seem to always interfere in other countries internal problems without looking at their own home grown terrorists threats & activities is mind boggling!!!
    USA have been involved in many international terrorist activities in Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Argentina, Spain, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, just to name a few and the world looks on!! The problems in Afghanistan & Iraq will continue for years to come while USA will plunder the resources of these countries. USA please explain your actions against SriLanka.

    Shiran Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:41 AM

    Thank you for still helping us to Contain this brutal Terrorism in our Country. We are Grateful to you, the US and the West. Thank you.

    Dini Tuesday, 01 May 2012 01:06 AM

    It's the news of the day, it has to be a life sentence, everybody needs to live in peace.

    Tomsamusa Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:57 AM

    Please note that that this pwrson is a Tamil Canadian and NOT a sinking lankan.

    Asanka Tuesday, 01 May 2012 01:12 AM

    Poor guy. Just wanted to help his fellow Tamils fighting for justice and rights.

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:25 AM

    Even when US does something right, someone will find some fault with it. So what's your suggestion, not to punish this guys also because there were previous instances where the wrong-doer was not punished ?

    Jenny Monday, 30 April 2012 01:25 PM

    For helping tamil terrorists, this should have been a bigger term so that it sets a precedence for people who are planning for future terrorist atrocities.

    Nodrog Monday, 30 April 2012 01:45 PM

    Funny, 15 years for the lankan for conspiring to supply deadly weapons to terrorist but no sentence for the perpetrators of the My Lai massacre

    Kumara Tuesday, 01 May 2012 06:13 AM

    he is the best Hero..!

    kondebendapucheena Monday, 30 April 2012 04:10 PM

    Not enough Life sentence

    warren Tuesday, 01 May 2012 07:47 AM

    Hehehehe... You wish !!! Looks like Canada is going to have a problem of it's own..

    BADA-UDA-GEMMBA Tuesday, 01 May 2012 05:31 PM

    Why was he NOT DEPORTED back to SL as that would have been the best punishment???


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