No case against KP

The government says legal action has not been filed against former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lakshman Hullugalle, speaking at a media briefing in Colombo today, said that KP has also not been detained.

He said KP is involved in humanitarian work in the north and the government has given the necessary clearance for him to carry out that work.

Hullugalle said this in response to a questioned posed by a journalist regarding reports that KP had shifted to the house once owned by slain LTTE political head S.P. Thamilchelvam.

Hullugalle also said that some hardcore LTTE cadres who are in prison have criminal charges filed against them.

In June last year the government said it will use KP as a “state witness” if the need arises.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had said that there are provisions in the legal system to use a suspect as a state witness.

The Minister said that while KP was in the “custody” of the defence ministry he may not end up in court if it is felt that he can further assist the government to crack LTTE overseas operations. (Colombo Gazette)

UPDATE: The government information department in an SMS news alert later said that KP has not been released.