Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has commenced a probe against Ex-LTTE leader and arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, the Attorney General informed Court today.
An attorney appearing for the AG informed courts on the above when a writ petition filed by JVP MP Vijitha Herath was taken up before Court of Appeal. KP is a respondent in the petition.
The Attorney informed court that there was no current investigation against KP in relation to 51 incidents which have been included in the petition.
The Attorney representing the AG further said that KP is not a suspect in respect of 7 cases currently probed by the TID including the killing of former Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and an attempt to kill Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka by a suicide bomber. The Attorney added that KP was also not suspect in 40 cases probed by the CID .
An Attorney appearing for the petitioner informed courts that KP had been the main figure behind international arms procuring for the LTTE and was also the head of the terrorist organizations overseas fund raising efforts.
In his petition, Herath has sought the arrest of KP while filing over 190 serious accusations alleging KP’s involvement in terrorist activities.
In the petition Herath has also noted that KP is wanted by India in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination as he has been named as a suspect in the killing of former Indian leader by the country’s intelligence services.
Herath says he has received information that KP is operating a social service organisation while being under the protection of the Army. The court today further extended a travel ban on KP while ordering the AG to file further reports on the ongoing investigations.
Pathmanathan alias KP was an international arms smuggler who procured massive loads of weapons worth billions of dollars for the terrorist organization that ravaged a deadly war for 30 years. He was involved in arms smuggling operations across Asia, Canada, US and Europe.
Sri Lankan authorities arrested KP in Malaysia in August 2009 and brought to Sri Lanka. He was kept under protective custody of the Rajapaksa government and not prosecuted for his terrorist activities in return for providing information on the LTTE’s international financial network and arms smuggling operations.
KP, who is running a couple of orphanages for girls from war-affected families at Kilinochchi, has said that he has no problem with the new government and not facing any security issues yet.