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Alleged to be one of six original founding members, Loganathan Sabanayagam was the leader of the Tamil Tigers in Canada and a document forger. After his arrest, Canada was forced to update the security measures on its passports.
He was arrested in 1992, following an investigative report in the Toronto Star uncovered his forgery ring, after police dismissed a phone call from cleaning staff in December 1991 alerting them that forgery tools had been found in his apartment. Reporters Dale Brazao and Paul Watson went to meet the cleaning staff, and gathered the evidence while posing as prospective tenants.
Sabanayagam's partner in the forgery ring, Santhakumar Kumarasamy, was arrested in 1990 and was the first Canadian ever convicted of passport fraud, but died in prison prior to Sabanayagam's charges being laid.
Sabanayagam, whom prosecutors argued tried to "subvert the sovereignty" of Canada, pleaded guilty to forgery and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment followed by 18 months released on probation. He appeared at his bail hearing wearing a Tamil Tigers shirt.
- Bowen, Fred. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 4 January 1996 interview for Issue Paper: Sri Lanka Archived 2005-11-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- Equipe de Recherche sur le Terrorisme et l'Antiterrorisme, Les principaux acteurs et la structure des TLET
- The Sri Lanka Monitor February 9, 1994[dead link]
- Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Sri Lanka Alien Smuggling[permanent dead link], May 1996
- Toronto Star, "Passport forger jailed after insulting Canada", February 9, 1994
- The Toronto Star 19 Dec. 1991[dead link]
- Bell, Stewart. "Cold Terror", 2005