UNP to raise KP issue in parliament

The opposition United National Party (UNP) is to raise the issue regarding the alleged release of Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, in parliament.

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 be 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.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena had given this assurance in response to a question posed by the UNP.

An INTERPOL warrant was also issued for the arrest of KP over his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandhi.

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.

Report by Easwaran Rutnam