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Man freed in NYC Tamil Tiger case

Man called top US rep for Sri Lankan rebel group sentenced to time served in NYC terror case By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A man called the top U.S. representative of an outlawed Sri Lankan rebel group has been freed from jail in a New York City terrorism case.

A judge sentenced Karunakaran (kah-roo-nah-KEHR-ahn) Kandasamy (kahn-dah-SAH-mee) on Friday to time served ' about five years. Prosecutors had sought a maximum 20-year term.

The 55-year-old Kandasamy was among several Sri Lankan immigrants rounded up in the mid-2000s and accused of illegally raising money for the Tamil Tigers.

The United States and other Western countries had labeled the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization before the rebels were defeated in a bloody civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009.

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