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Friday, 15 June 2018 - 8:20
Swiss court refuses to sentence LTTE financiers
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13 Sri Lankan LTTE supporters charged with financing the terror outfit by extortion, fraud and other illegal means escaped jail terms when the Swiss Federal Criminal Court refused to sentence them yesterday. 

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to the 13 alleged LTTE financiers and they were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted. 

The court said accusations of participation in and supporting of a criminal organization did not stand and released all of the accused. 

The accused are from Switzerland, Germany, and Sri Lanka. 

Some are former members of the World Tamil Coordinating Committee, which represented the LTTE in Switzerland until 2009, and include its founder, his deputy and the person in charge of finances. 

In its judgment, the court noted that the hierarchical link between the LTTE and WTCC was not sufficiently established. 

The judges also felt there was not enough concrete proof to consider the LTTE as a criminal organization. 

While the federal prosecutor had asked for prison terms of between 18 months and six years for the accused, the court did not oblige. 

During her indictment, Juliette Noto, a federal prosecutor, described a sophisticated system used by the WTCC to raise funds largely from the Tamil community in Switzerland

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