A federal jury in Baltimore Monday convicted a Singapore man of trying to help the Sri Lankan rebel group Tamil Tigers buy weapons.
Balraj Naidu, 48, was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 16.
During his five-day trial, prosecutors said that beginning in February 2006 Naidu and his co-conspirators attempted to purchase state-of-the-art weaponry from China, Thailand, North Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia for the Tamil Tigers, who were waging a civil war against Sri Lankan government forces.
Several arms merchants refused to supply the Tamil Tigers with weaponry once the destination for the arms was disclosed by Naidu and his associates, the Justice Department said in a release. Naidu and the others were introduced to undercover agents operating a sting operation in Maryland and were eventually arrested.
Four co-conspirators have already been sentenced to prison.