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U.S. imposes sanctions on Tamil Foundation

[Reuters, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 20:09 No Comment]

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Wednesday on a Maryland foundation it accused of being part of a support network for the Tamil Tiger rebel group battling the Sri Lankan government.

The sanctions against the Tamil Foundation, which Treasury said was a front for the Sri Lanka-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, allows the U.S. government to freeze assets the foundation may have in the United States and prohibits U.S. banks and consumers from conducting business deals with it.

"The LTTE, like other terrorist groups, has relied on so-called charities to raise funds and advance its violent aims," said Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The Tamil Tigers have waged a civil war against the Sri Lanka government that has flared on and off since 1983 and is now one of Asia’s longest-running conflicts.

The head of the Tamil Foundation is also president of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization in the United States, which was named in 2007 as a terrorist support group under a White House executive order.

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