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CTC Awarded $53,000 In Successful Defamation Lawsuit Against Rohan Gunaratna

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), which sued Sri Lanka-born terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna for linking it to the LTTE, has been awarded $53,000 by a Canadian court, the CTC said.

gota_Rohan G and GL colombotelegraphIn a February 2011 article published by Lakbima News, Gunaratna was quoted as saying: “The LTTE is operating under the name of the Canadian Tamil Congress, which is the main LTTE front organization in Canada.”

Gunaratna had also written that “the Canadian government is aware of this and currently investigating” the group.

The CTC filed a defamation case against Gunaratna for linking it to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which was crushed by the Sri Lankan military in 2009.

In his judgment, Justice Stephen E. Firestone of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice here has ruled in favour of the CTC, awarding it $37,000 in damages and imposing $16,000 in costs on Gunaratna.

In his ruling, Justice Firestone said Gunaratna’s statements “were clearly defamatory, either directly or by innuendo, because they imply CTC is involved in the commission of violent and illegal activity…

“It is unequivocal and uncontroverted that these statements were, in fact, false and untrue.”

David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for CTC, applauded the court decision. “The Court’s decision is a vindication to CTC and its members and supporters. The surest way to attempt to destroy an ethnic group is to make its members afraid to even admit that they are part of that group for fear of being labelled terrorist sympathizers or terrorists themselves,” Poopalapillai continued. “The Sri Lankan government and its sympathizers have labelled all Tamils as terrorists for far too long—this judgment is a victory not only for CTC but for Tamils everywhere.”

Daniel Iny of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, legal counsel for CTC in the trial against Gunaratna, stated, “For a not-for-profit organization like CTC, its reputation is its lifeblood and its currency. The Court’s decision was an affirmation for CTC and its supporters in its recognition that Gunaratna’s words were plainly defamatory of CTC.”

 

 

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    Ananda Sangari’s son Gary Sangari is a member of CTC.

    We still believe he is a moderate!!! :)

    All Tamils are [Edited out].

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    Hats off to Mohamed Fazl. With facts he has
    exposed this con man Rohan Gunaratne.

    His only craze is money. He has lured many
    an intelligence service to believe that he
    is the expert on the LTTE in Sri Lanka. All
    because then head of National Intelligence
    Bureau [Edited out] helped him in return
    for the dirty work he did. He was given access
    to some files which again contained accounts
    from different newspapers.

    He masquerades as the world expert on terrorism.
    But international TV have discovered that he is
    a fake, a con man. Most have dropped them.

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    Javi,

    Canadian Tamil Congress: The Tiger Front

    On behalf of LTTE, its proxy, the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) engaged in procurement, fundraising and propaganda. The former CTC Director of Communications Sahilal Sabaratnam is serving a 25 year sentence in the US for weapons procurement. http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/07/bell/ The financial mastermind of the operation Sahilal was one of four Canadians arrested on Long Island in August 2006 after engaging in negotiations with an undercover FBI agent to purchase and export ten SA-18 heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles and launchers, 500 AK-47s, and other military equipment. The investigations by Canadian authorities including by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force revealed CTC personnel fundraising and propaganda. http://www.immigrationwatchcanada.org/2009/04/07/rcmp-targets-tamil-funding/

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      Subha,

      Who cares you Jaffna/Batticalo Tamils have always been nasty tards.

      The fraud you carry on has always needed more than CID.

      The way you have treated the Indian Tamils who are the main export earners and now looking to Tamil Nadu beggars belief.

      The issue I took up was S.S case is over 10 and justice has been served but this international con man Rohana should be sent to jail for life for what he has done to other nationals. Presumably he must have been involved in the bugging and setting up of convict to get Raj Rajaratnam ($18million and 11 years)who presumably had nothing to do. The sentence he got was rascist while Black and other whites who robbed the public just got a slap on the wrist and did not pay back either.

      You barging in with your comments shows that you are a paid troll for the paramiltary murders Douglas/karuna.

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    Search – Sahil Sabaratnam who gives evidence that highlights the CTC link to LTTE. CTC cant shed the fact that Sahil Sabaratnam, the CTC Director of Communications, is serving a 25year sentence in the US for terrorist activity? And CTC is not a terrorist proxy – lol? Twisting this event wont change the fact that a CTC member was given $1million to shop for weapons when he got bagged. And the $1mil did not come from his pocket. He was with 8 others. He is now serving 25 years in a US Prison caught in the act of procuring goodies for the LTTE. So is Gunaratna wrong?

    Then what was CTC staff doing purchasing “10 SA-18 heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles and launchers, 500 AK-47 assault rifles and other military equipment, the FBI said”.

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      Subha,

      how I see is all the JT/Batti groups Ltte Plot etc and the Rajapakse Govt are war criminals and should be tried failing which my wish is that IAF bomb Lanka North to South then ilk like you understand what independence is.
      India fought for it and also 2 million Indians gave their lives WW2 while your relatives hid with scratchy underware and started not just blaming but out to swindle others wealth which is typical of JT arse hole mentality.

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    Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) – LTTE front!

    Maybe Poopalapillai never had the chance or did not want to read what John Thompson who has studied the Tigers for the Mackenzie Institute, a political think tank, said about the LTTE and its arms purchase methods and sources of finances. Thompson told CIBC: “I’d say most of the money for this attempted arms purchase in the U.S. came from Canada, probably from Toronto.”

    Thompson also said the Tigers rely upon support from the Diaspora of Tamil refugees in Western Europe, North America and Australia, many of whom the LTTE helped to smuggle to countries around the world. Alien smuggling is a part of LTTE underworld activities, evidently its biggest source of revenue. The LTTE has its own alien smuggling agents posted in many countries and in Bangkok, Thailand they have an arms purchase mission.

    Sivananthan Muthulingam Muthali –
    (courtesy: LankaLibrary.com)

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    Candian Tamil Congress (CTC) and its terrorist activity exposed!
    Sabaratnam, 32, was communications director of the (CTC) Canadian Tamil Congress, the leading Tamil organization in the country….caught in New York shopping for $1-million worth of surface-to-air missiles and AK-47 assault rifles. …… arrested and pleaded guilty to terrorism and conspiracy. see: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/07/bell/
    Also see the evidence given by Sabaratnam and colleagues that admit CTC
    CTC-LTTE nexus. http://www.mercyfortamilprisoners.com/SahilLetter.pdf
    The CTC is the premier LTTE front in Canada that engaged in weapons procurement, fundrasing and propaganda. Today, the CTC plan is to get the LTTE delisted. The CTC is among a dozen groups waging the sustained campaign calling for an international war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka especially in Geneva. The CTC is also working with TNA/TNPF in Sri Lanka to destabilize Sri Lanka.
    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20120228_03FEA_art
    Last modified on: 3/1/2012 7:34:23 PM
    TERRORIST FRONTS IN CANADA TRAPS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
    The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) contributed C$ 50,000 to Amnesty International (AI) in Canada in January 2012. The CTC is a Front of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a ruthless terrorist group defeated in Sri Lanka. After supporting LTTE’s terrorist agenda for a decade, CTC is today seeking to manipulate the Human Rights agenda.
    The President of CTC, Suntharamoorthy Umasuthan, who made the donation to AI is himself a subject of terrorist investigation. Umasuthan’s associate Thavarajah Pratheepan, Deputy Chief of LTTE procurement, is in US custody. Umasuthan and a few of his associates in Canada feature in a multinational investigation into arms, ammunition and explosives purchases from North Korea, the key supplier of LTTE weaponry.
    CTC – WEAPONS LINKS :
    As the LTTE is criminalized (designated, proscribed or banned), it is operating on Western soil through innocuous organizations. The LTTE advances its interests through community, charity, non-profit, human rights, media and other fronts. Despite attempts to conceal, the links between CTC and LTTE propaganda, financing, procurement, etc., their activities are extensive and have penetrated deep into the system.
    The Director of Communications of CTC in 2005, Sahil Sabaratnam (28), is serving 25 years in a US Prison for procuring weapons for the LTTE. Sahil was arrested in New York in August 2006 buying 20 SA – 18 heat seeking missiles, 10 missile launchers, 500 AK 47 weapons and other military equipment. Sahil operated together with his brother in law Thani Thanigasalam (38), who headed the cell and Satha Sarachandran (27), President of the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) Canada of the LTTE (2003 – 2005). The statement issued by Satha Sarachandran through his lawyer whilst serving his prison sentence in US clearly indicates the TYO – LTTE links and its extensions to the CTC.
    Please see the link: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/29/drop-tigers-jailed-arms-broker-urges.
    Immediately after the arrests, the CTC Board met in Toronto decided to disassociate themselves with the LTTE procurement conducted in the US, in order to continue its uninterrupted activities. CTC’s Director of Public Relations David Poopalapillai said that he did not know Sahil Sabaratnam, the CTC Director of Communications.
    CTC – LTTE LEADERSHIP LINKS :
    Before David Poopalapillai travelled to Canada, he was one of the suspects who reported to have close links with LTTE hierarchy in Wanni. As the current National spokesperson of the CTC, Poopalapillai ensures that LTTE’s interests are met. It is reported that Poopalapillai has visited Malyasia in August 2009 to meet Selvarasa Pathmanathan (K.P.), the successor to LTTE leader Prabhakaran. Wanted by Interpol for his role in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination, K.P. was to meet with Poopalapillai to discuss LTTE – CTC strategy. Today, CTC is guided by both Vishvanathan Rudrakumaran, LTTE Central Committee member, and the LTTE ideologist Father S.J. Emmanuel. Rudrakumaran succeeded K.P. and created Trans national Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE).
    CTC – HUMAN SMUGGLING LINKS :
    The ongoing investigations reveal the CTC facilitated the multi-million dollar LTTE run human smuggling operations by MV Ocean Lady (76 crew and passengers) and MV Sun Sea (492 crew and passengers). Spearheaded by two former Sea Tigers, Ravishankar Kanagarajah of Canada and Shanmugasundaram Kanthaskaran of the UK, the LTTE also facilitated the passage of over 200 LTTE leaders, members and their families to Canada. The LTTE renamed its arms ship MV Princess Easwary as MV Ocean Lady and purchased MV Harin Panich 19 and renamed it MV Sun Sea. Captained by Kamalraj Kandasamy, who transported tens of thousands of tons of arms, ammunition and explosives on board MV Princess Easwary from North Korea to Sri Lanka from 1997 – 2009, today lives in Canada. With Vinod, the Deputy of Kamal claiming asylum in Norway, MV Sun Sea was captained by Sivagnanam Sivaharan alias Kausi and others who had served on the North Korean voyages smuggling lethal cargo. Further, it is revealed that, not only did CTC provide legal and financial aid to the LTTE crew and passengers but also projected that they were bona fide refugees and not terrorists. As the key LTTE cadres and their families arrived in Vancouver, the very next day Poopalapillai with his team flew to Vancouver to defend the LTTE infiltrators and counter Canadian efforts to develop tough legislation. Gary Anandasangaree of CTC provided legal counsel.
    CTC – HUMAN RIGHTS LINKS : When questioned that CTC denigrating the HRW report “is a front for LTTE,” Neethan Shan, who had formed the vanguard at LTTE activities in North America, acknowledged “the Congress is supportive of LTTE.”
    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HAS BECOME A LIFE LINE OF CTC
    It is poor judgment on the part of AI to get involved with a terrorist front, let alone accept money from it.
    Writing from a US prison to the Tamil community in August 2011, Sahil Sabaratnam, the former CTC Communication Director said “the mandates and events were well planned by the so-called well-wishers, and persons like me, served as a Communication Director, would be implementing the actions as a result of the campaign being carried out by members other than the registered members of the organization. I am fully aware that the same situation exists in such organizations today”. Confirming LTTE control of CTC, Sahil added “question such indirect or hidden agendas being carried out by LTTE related organizations such as WTM and CTC”. Referring to CTC agenda of supporting LTTE’s terrorist agenda, Sahil said “I solely believe and know for a fact that the so called well-wishers who had always stood behind the CTC are believers of a violent solution”.
    Please see the link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/67936597/SahilLetter.
    CTC has spread its tentacles deep into the Canadian and Western corridors of power, Human Rights organizations, and NGOs. The success of the Tamil Tiger terrorist movement was to adapt and evolve keeping its sights firmly set on its terrorist agenda. CTCs links to LTTE are well established. AI would now have a duty of care to further CTCs agenda. For CTC to function it has to keep the LTTE cause alive and AI has become a life line. Analysts believe that AI has been around long enough to know the activities of the Tamil Tiger terrorists and its Canadian arm, the CTC. The financial monitors of Human Rights organizations no doubt will investigate into the ethics of accepting funds from terrorist movements, as it throws AI’s interests in Sri Lanka into serious doubt. LTTE fronts such as the CTC carry on the Tamil Tiger agenda. Few are spared that do not fall into line with their demands. As the saying goes “lipstick won’t change the pig”.President of CTC, Umasuthan and Mr. Poopalapillai at the Toronto office presenting some of the funds collected to Amnesty International

    CTC exposed: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/07/bell/
    CTC-LTTE nexus http://www.mercyfortamilprisoners.com/SahilLetter.pdf
    CTC activities span:
    • Walk-a-thons for charity – see below
    • International and $1million (that we know of) to procure arms for terrorism in Sri Lanka – prisoners recant: “Each of us has come to the conclusion that the criminal activity for which we have been sentenced has caused much harm to all citizens of Sri Lanka,”
    • Donations to Amnesty International … for human rights? – see below – CTC investing for advocacy.
    • Gala Dinners to celebrate the Suicide Terrorists “martyr days” – to keep the fire of terrorism burning.
    • Education and awareness programs to breed hatred “Meetings after meetings, campaign after campaign, all injecting hate into me and other fellow students.”
    • So they will find ways to continue their activities with new partners: “A declassified 2010 Canadian intelligence report obtained by the National Post comes to the same conclusion: “In spite of the LTTE’s military defeat, Tamils around the world, generally, remain committed to the creation of an independent state, called Tamil Eelam, providing financial and ideological support to this end.”
    Quotes cited are from the two documents published on the sites given above.
    “I cant bear to shake their hands – they have funded arms to kill innocent civilians, they celebrate when people are massacred in our name, the celebrate harder the more that are killed” – A Tamil Gentleman in the UK 1998.
    Westerners believing in the best in people – do they really know the hand they shake? The blood money that is used for their dinners and events?

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    CTC – WEAPONS LINKS :

    As the LTTE is criminalized (designated, proscribed or banned), it is operating on Western soil through innocuous organizations. The LTTE advances its interests through community, charity, non-profit, human rights, media and other fronts. Despite attempts to conceal, the links between CTC and LTTE propaganda, financing, procurement, etc., their activities are extensive and have penetrated deep into the system.

    The Director of Communications of CTC in 2005, Sahil Sabaratnam (28), is serving 25 years in a US Prison for procuring weapons for the LTTE. Sahil was arrested in New York in August 2006 buying 20 SA – 18 heat seeking missiles, 10 missile launchers, 500 AK 47 weapons and other military equipment. Sahil operated together with his brother in law Thani Thanigasalam (38), who headed the cell and Satha Sarachandran (27), President of the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) Canada of the LTTE (2003 – 2005). The statement issued by Satha Sarachandran through his lawyer whilst serving his prison sentence in US clearly indicates the TYO – LTTE links and its extensions to the CTC.

    Please see the link: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/29/drop-tigers-jailed-arms-broker-urges.

    Immediately after the arrests, the CTC Board met in Toronto decided to disassociate themselves with the LTTE procurement conducted in the US, in order to continue its uninterrupted activities. CTC’s Director of Public Relations David Poopalapillai said that he did not know Sahil Sabaratnam, the CTC Director of Communications.

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