Karunakaran Kandasamy

Charge Date: Mon May. 21, 2007
Investigation Type(s):Sting
Charges:Criminal conspiracy, Material support for terrorists
Outcome:Pleaded guilty
Convictions:Criminal conspiracy, Material support for terrorists
State:New York
Alleged Affiliation:Tamil Tigers

Kandasamy was head of the American branch of the Tamil Tigers and operated a front organization called the World Tamil Coordinating Committee. An FBI search of the groups office turned up boxes of records that confirmed Kandasamy's support of the terrorist organization in Sri Lanka. He faced a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The judge in the case questioned whether it was "a more obvious or garden variety terrorism case, where our security interests are compromised and the safety of our citizenry is in jeopardy."

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