Tamil organization placed on terror list

June 16, 2008 at 6:53 PM

TORONTO, June 16 (UPI) -- Officials announced Monday that the World Tamil Movement, based in Toronto, has been placed on Canada's list of organizations linked to terrorism.

The World Tamil Movement was accused Monday of financing the Sri Lankan militant organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions issued a directive advising banks and insurance companies to notify the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Canadian Security Intelligence Service if they have any accounts registered to the World Tamil Movement, the National Post reported.

The decision came under the authority of Canada's anti-terrorism law, which lists organizations or other entities connected to terrorist violence. The World Tamil Movement, whose operations recently were shut down in Montreal, is among 40 listed entities engaged in terrorism activities, according to the Canadian government.

With the listing, it becomes illegal for anyone to financially support the group. Officials say the World Tamil Movement has the right to appeal the decision.

Topics: Tamil Eelam
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