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Singapore Man Sentenced In Tamil Tigers Arms Slot

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A man from Singapore has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for trying to funnel arms to a Sri Lankan terrorist group.

Balraj Naidu, 48, was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He was convicted in October of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Federal prosecutors say Naidu was part of a conspiracy to buy weapons for the Tamil Tigers, a group that’s been fighting since 1976 for a separate state in Sri Lanka. The State Department designated it as a terrorist organization in 1997.

Prosecutors say Naidu tried to buy $900,000 in weapons from an undercover business in Maryland.

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