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Singapore terror expert must pay $60,000 for defamation

Canada court: Chilling effect when he linked group to Tamil Tigers

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:45 AM
Prof Gunaratna says the court did not consider the full evidence as he did not participate in the trial. -- BH FILE PHOTO

Singapore-based terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna has been ordered by a Canadian court to pay C$53,000 (S$60,400) in damages to a Toronto-based Tamil organisation for defamation.

Professor Gunaratna, who works at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), had alleged that the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) was a front for Sri Lanka's now-defunct Tamil Tigers, in an interview with Colombo-based newspaper Lakbima News in February 2011.

Toronto Superior Court Justice Stephen Firestone said: "The statements were clearly defamatory, either directly or by innuendo, because they imply CTC is involved in the commission of violent and illegal activity, which has been investigated by the Canadian government."

In decision grounds released earlier this month, he added: "It is unequivocal and uncontroverted that these statements were, in fact, false and untrue."

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