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Saturday, 12 May 2012 - 13:24
An American who supplied weapons for the LTTE released.
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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.

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