No jail for 13 Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers charged with supporting the LTTE


The 13 supporters of Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) charged of financing the terror outfit by extortion, fraud and other illegal means escaped jail terms when the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland ruled on them Thursday. 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, Swiss Info reported. The court on Thursday said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organization did not stand and released all of the accused. The 13 defendants- 12 Tamils or Swiss citizens of Tamil origin plus one German - were alleged to have been involved in a criminal organization from 1999 to May 2009 and supported the criminal organization funneling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million). In this context some of the defendants were accused of document falsification, money laundering, fraud and extortion..................

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