thesundayleader.lk on October 27, 2012 released the following:
“By Indika Sri Aravinda
The Police say the warrant issued on Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) by INTERPOL can only be withdrawn by India and not Sri Lanka.
Police Spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody told The Sunday Leader that there is no police investigation on KP.
He noted that the charges against the former LTTE chief arms procurer were filed in India and not Sri Lanka.
“We cannot ask INTERPOL to remove the warrant on KP. That can be done only by India,” he said.
UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena had last week written to the Police Chief requesting him to provide all the required information on KP as the INTERPOL warrant is still in place. He said that there is enough evidence against KP to investigate him.
Meanwhile the UNP is to raise in Parliament the issue regarding the alleged release of KP.
UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that it was shocking to note government reports that there is no evidence to produce KP in court.
“It is a known fact that he helped the LTTE kill policemen and civilians. Why is he being allowed to go free? Has he bought over the government? We, who follow democratic practices, are being taken to court but he is not,” Karunanayake said.
Last year in Parliament the government had said that Kumaran Pathmanathan was being investigated and a report on the investigations will be submitted to Parliament. An INTERPOL warrant was also issued for the arrest of KP over his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Pathmanathan was arrested in 2009 in Malaysia and has been in Sri Lankan government custody. He has since extended support to the government and is now involved in humanitarian work.”
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