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Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger leader KP free from prosecution, no evidence against him

The Sri Lankan government said today said the former international wing leader and chief arms procurer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP is free from prosecution as there was no evidence against him.Responding to a media query at the press briefing of Media Center for National Security (MCNS) on Wednesday, Lakshman Hulugalle, the head of the MCNS said the 58-year-old former LTTE leader is free to carry out work for a charity he founded for the welfare of the conflict-affected people in the North.Hulugalle said KP was no longer in detention and he is running a non-government organization and doing work for the benefit of the people during the last few months.Responding to the reporters, the MCNS Director said there is no court case against the former LTTE leader and he has every right to visit North and operate from that area since his NGO is involved in the development of the area.”It is a major victory for us that someone who had worked against us previously as a leader of the Tamils has now agreed to be a partner in development,” Hulugalle said.Sri Lankan authorities arrested KP in August 2009 from his hideout in a South Asian country and brought to Colombo. Since then he had been detained in an undisclosed location.Reportedly KP has collaborated with the government and given some valuable information on the structure and assets of the LTTE overseas establishments and has helped identifying escaped Tiger leaders.Following his arrest, KP has played an instrumental role to mediate between diaspora Tamil groups and the Sri Lankan government, and with his mediation several diaspora Tamil groups who remained as LTTE supporters have visited the country to witness the development programs in the war-torn region.KP was an international arms smuggler who procured massive loads of weapons worth billions of dollars for the terrorist organization. He was wanted by the Interpol for arms smuggling operations across Asia, Canada, US, and the Europe and by India for his involvement in the case regarding assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Author: TELO Admin