Singapore extradites man to US to face terrorism charges
Singapore has extradited a local businessman to the United States where he had allegedly tried to buy weapons for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan separatist movement, the Straits Times reported Friday.
Balldev Naidu Ragavan, 47, tried to act as broker between firearms manufacturers and purchasers between February and September 2006, the report said, quoting the Interior Ministry.
Naidu has denied the charges, but a Singapore district court ruled that there was sufficient evidence to justify a hearing of his alleged offences in the US, dpa reported.
The report, citing court affidavits, said he conspired to buy and export the firearms illegally from the US to Sri Lanka.
Naidu worked with another Singaporean, 57-year-old Haniff Osman, who was jailed for 37 months by a Baltimore court last year.
Naidu was arrested at his Singapore apartment on September 22 and was extradited last week, the report said.