Australian Senator seeks proscription of LTTE
Senator Stephen Hutchins has called on the Australian Government to
take steps to proscribe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a
terrorist organisation under the Security Legislation Amendment
(Terrorism) Act 2002, in the wake of the suicide bomb attack in
Anuradhapura on October 6 in which Sri Lanka's former High Commissioner
to Australia, retired Major General Janaka Perera and several others
In a letter dated October 8 addressed to the Attorney General of
Australia, Robert McLelland, which has been copied to Foreign Minister
Stephen Smith, the Senator for New South Wales and Chairman of the
Australia-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group, has stated that, "it
has been common knowledge for years that Australian-based Tamil
expatriates have used Australian organisations and businesses as fronts
to funnel money back to the LTTE."
He further stated that high profile examples included collecting
money out of a West Australian Hindu temple and defrauding Australians
of millions of dollars in tsunami relief donations.
Hutchins pointed out that "by proscribing this organisation and
holding local Tamils accountable, we would be sending a clear message
that this country does not tolerate terrorism."
"Only through proscribing the LTTE as a terrorist organisation, will
we able to empower the Australian Government to take appropriate action
against individuals who insist on funnelling money to this organisation."