TORONTO — Eight years after a group of Toronto men got caught buying arms for Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, a New York court sentenced the last of them Tuesday to serve two years in prison.
Piratheepan “Peter” Nadarajah, 37, had pleaded guilty to his role in a Toronto-based smuggling ring that had attempted to acquire $1-million worth of missiles and AK-47 assault rifles for the Tamil rebels.
The former Rogers wireless technician, who came to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 14, had asked for 16 months — the time he had already spent behind bars in Canada and the United States.
“This was my fault, my mistake,” he wrote in a brief letter of apology to the U.S. federal judge ruling on his case. “Remorse has been carved in the depth of my heart. All I have left is to say sorry for this Your Honor.”