A federal US judge sentenced a U.S. citizen accused of supporting the LTTE rebels to time served in jail yesterday, after casting doubt on the terrorism case and calling the 20-year term sought by prosecutors excessive.
Karunakaran Kandasamy, had pleaded guilty in 2009 to charges of conspiring to provide material aid to a terrorist organization.
A prosecutor argued yesterday that as a top U.S. representative for the Tamil Tigers, he deserved the maximum 20 years for raising money for a separatist group that earned the terrorist designation by the US State Department.
The Judge noted that it was a stretch to say that the former cab driver had a leadership role, and that he believed that he was involved in humanitarian — not military — aid for the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.
Lawyers for Kandasamy, had argued that he had done enough time, especially since he suffers from a host of ailments.