Dutch Investigators arrive in Sri Lanka to probe overseas LTTE financial network

June 15, Colombo: A team of Dutch officials investigating the financial network of the Tamil Tiger leaders in the Netherlands has arrived in Sri Lanka to interrogate former and current LTTE leaders in the country.

According to Dutch media reports the team is in Sri Lanka to investigate funding activities and weapons procurement by Tamil leaders based in the Netherlands during the conflict.

Spokesman of the team Jaco Beerends has said they are investigating funding activities and weapons procurement by Tamil leaders based in the Netherlands during the conflict, which lasted from 1983 to 2009.

Last month Dutch authorities initiated negotiations with Sri Lankan Attorney General Mohan Peiris seeking permission to interrogate 13 witnesses in Sri Lanka including former and current LTTE leaders.

The team plans to interrogate the LTTE’s chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) who is in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities.

Sri Lanka defense sources said the government has granted permission to the Netherlands investigators to record statements from KP.

The Dutch authorities have launched a complex and elaborate investigation called ‘Operation Koninck’ to uncover the prominent role Tamil Tiger leaders in the Netherlands played in financing the civil war in Sri Lanka.

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