Man from Singapore deported from US in arms case

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 11:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A man from Singapore who spent years in a U.S. prison after trying to funnel arms to a Sri Lankan terrorist group has been deported.

Prosecutors in Dallas on Thursday announced the deportation of 51-year-old Balraj Naidu.

Naidu in 2010 was convicted in Baltimore of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Prosecutors say Naidu tried to buy $900,000 in weapons from an undercover business in Maryland.

Prosecutors say Naidu was part of a conspiracy to purchase weapons for the Tamil (TAM'-ihl) Tigers, a group that fought for a separate state in Sri Lanka. The State Department designated it as a terrorist organization in 1997.

Naidu was deported and arrived in Singapore on Wednesday.

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