Ramanan Mylvaganam, 29, a Canadian citizen from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was arrested on August 24, 2006 and made a secret appearance in a Brampton, Ontario courtroom the next day. He was arrested on behalf of the U.S. government which charged him with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Tamil Tigers/LTTE. (1)
He was extradited to the U.S. on August 28, 2009.
The U.S. Federal government alleged that Mylvaganam conspired to purchase approximately $22,000 USD worth of submarine design software for the LTTE from a United Kingdom company. Mylvaganam also attempted to purchase night vision equipment for the LTTE from a company in British Columbia, Canada.
To deceive the British Columbia company, Mylvaganam falsely told its representative that the night vision equipment was for “a fourth year design project we are doing at our university.” Mylvaganam also assisted a co-conspirator in purchasing computer equipment, electronics components and communications equipment for the LTTE.
Mylvaganam is a Canadian citizen who previously lived in the United States.
On February 8, 2012, Ramanan Mylvaganam pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“LTTE”), in connection with his attempt to procure sophisticated technology, including submarine design software and night vision equipment, for the LTTE. Mylvaganam was sentenced to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment. (2)
Ramanan Mylvaganam BOP Register Number 77608-053 was successfully treaty transferred back to Canada on May 15, 2012. (3)