Sri Lanka to use former LTTE leader as a ‘crown witness’

June 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has said that it is prepared to use the detained top LTTE rebel leader Kumaran Pathmanathan , alias KP, as a state witness to discover more information about the LTTE’s overseas operations, Xinhua reported today.

The government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told China’s news agency Xinhua that the Sri Lankan authorities may use Pathmanathan, the chief arms procurer for the LTTE, as a “crown witness” which does not require him to be presented in court.

Rambukwella has said that while Pathmanathan is now in the “custody” of the Defense Ministry he may not be produced in the court if he can assist the government to crack overseas Tamil Tiger operations.

KP was arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities in 2009 while he was in Malaysia and brought to Sri Lanka. He is currently in the custody of the government.

Recently his name has been re-included in the Interpol’s list of most wanted persons over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Recently Dutch authorities initiated negotiations with Sri Lankan Attorney General Mohan Peiris to get permission to interrogate KP on the LTTE’s overseas financial network.

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