To Ontario Men  Charged  With Terrorism, Extradited To The  US

 

By Douglas Quan, Postmedia News

Two Ontario men charged with terrorism extradited to the U.S.

 

Supreme Court of Canada

Photograph by: File Photo , Postmedia News

 

Suresh Sriskandarajah and Piratheepan Nadarajah, who are accused of providing assistance to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, were arraigned Thursday in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., and pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, the men face maximum sentences of 25 years to life in prison.

The Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month dismissed a claim by the pair that Canada’s terrorism laws infringed on their constitutional rights. It also ruled that Justice Minister Rob Nicholson did not err when he ordered that the pair surrender to the United States.

Their extradition was announced Thursday in a news release by Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.

Nadarajah, 36, is accused of conspiring and attempting to acquire $1 million worth of anti-aircraft missiles, missile launchers and other equipment in support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – or Tamil Tigers – deemed in Canada and the U.S. as a terrorist group.

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