On May 11, 2011, Canadian resident Prapaharan Thambithurai pleaded guilty to raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Canada's first case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. LTTE was a separatist military group that operated in Sri Lanka between 1976 - 2009, including precipitating the Sri Lankan Civil War in 1983. In his plea, Thambithurai confessed to raising between $2,000 and $3,000 between 2007 and 2008 for LTTE. He was the first person to be charged under controversial Canadian terrorism funding legislation enacted in the wake of 9/11 and he was ultimately sentenced to six months in prison.
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