Thursday, October 30, 2008

Haniffa Bin Osman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to The Terror Organization "Tamil Tiger"

Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terror Organization, Aided Tamil Tiger Terrorists in the Attempted Purchase of Surface to Air Missiles, Night Vision Devices, Machine Guns and State of the Art Firearms.

BALTIMORE, MD -- U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Haniffa Bin Osman, age 57, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, today to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and money laundering, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "Haniffa Bin Osman conspired with others to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and attempted to illegally export arms, including state of the art firearms, grenade launchers, night vision devices, surface to air missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. We will use all available legal tools to prevent terrorism, including undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law."

According to the plea agreement, from April to September 29, 2006 Osman conspired with Haji Subandi, Erick Wotulo and Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa to provide state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns and ammunition, surface to air missiles, night vision goggles and other military weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) operating within Sri Lanka, to be used to fight against Sri Lankan government forces. The conspirators contacted an undercover business in Maryland about the sale of military weapons, requesting price quotes and negotiating the purchases.

Subandi sent an itemized list of 53 military weapons, including sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers that he wanted to acquire for the Tamil Tigers. Subandi advised the undercover business that Osman would inspect the weapons for the Tamil Tigers. Wotulo also advised that the chief of Tamil Tigers requested that he and Osman travel to Baltimore to meet with the undercover agents.

Osman arrived in Guam on September 26, 2006 and inspected various machine guns, sniper rifles and ammunition. He also inspected two surface to air missiles and agreed to communicate with others within the Tamil Tigers about the availability and pricing of the missiles. After the inspection was completed, Osman agreed to arrange for the transfer of additional monies into an undercover bank account in Maryland as further payment for the arms and munitions. On September 28 an additional $452,000 was wired from Malaysia to the undercover account in Maryland as a further down payment on the $900,000 worth of weapons ordered by the Tamil Tigers.

In 2006, Suresh Sriskandarajah (seen in photo above) was arrested in Kitchener, Ont., after U.S. prosecutors accused him of working to help Tamil Tiger fighters in Sri Lanka. Sriskandarajah is accused of money laundering, helping to buy military software and communications equipment, and using students in Canada to smuggle goods into Sri Lanka. He is still wanted in the U.S. but he has been freed on bail until his extradition hearings, reports The Globe and Mail.
At the time of his arrest, Sriskandarajah was a student at the University of Waterloo. Canada added the Tamil Tigers to its official list of terrorist organizations in April. The U.S. added the group to its own list in 1997.

Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 38, a citizen of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 57 months in prison for the conspiracy and attempted arms exportation.
Subandi, age 71, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, money laundering and attempted exportation of arms and munitions.
Wotulo, age 60, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, and a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the conspiracy and money laundering.

Tamil Tigers rep arrested in NYC April 2007. Last year I reported on the Tamil Tigers in New York City and how they were raising funds for the purchase of military equipment, see following; NEW YORK -- The top U.S. representative of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group designated as a foreign terrorist organization, orchestrated a covert campaign to finance its escalating conflict with military forces in Sri Lanka, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Karunakaran Kandasamy, 50, was ordered held without bail in New York on charges of providing material support to terrorists. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Experts say Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers' recent attempts to buy weapons in New York either show the group's desperation or a possible precursor to international terrorist attacks. Tamil Tigers link to al-Qaeda.

These are the facts, the only person who discoverd the following information was private investigator Bill Warner. "Two major terrorist recruiters and or supporters of terrorism lived virtually next door to each other for over 3 years 1999 to 2002 on Cedarcroft Rd in Queens NY". Mohammed Junaid Babar was a major recruiter for al-Muhajiroun and he evolved into an Al-Qaeda operative linked to numerous bomb plots in the USA and the UK. Babar was arrested In Queens in April of 2004 and charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and was involved in fund raising for al-Muhajiroun.

Karunakaran Kandasamy the suspected head of the U.S. branch of Sri Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers aka LITE was arrested in Queens New York on Wednesday 4/25/2007 and charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. As the director of the U.S. branch of the Tamil Tigers, which is based in Queens, New York, Kandasamy oversaw the organization's activities, including its fund-raising, prosecutors said. Last year, its emissaries were charged in Brooklyn with conspiring to buy surface-to-air missiles. Prosecutors also alleged the defendants tried to bribe U.S. officials to remove the group from the terrorism list.

In its early days, experts say, the LTTE trained with the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the group may still come into contact with other terrorist organizations through the illegal arms trade.

Bill WArner
Private Investigator