The government says former LTTE arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) is a free man and can move around freely.
Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena told parliament today that KP is not living in a state house but is moving around freely in places like Killinochchi and Medawachiya in the north.
He said this in response to a question raised by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake who accused the government of treating KP like a king while the soldiers who fought the LTTE are not given the same treatment.
“If you have a problem with KP you meet him and solve it,” the Minister told the opposition.
The Minister recalled that former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike had pardoned those who took up arms during her time and in the same way President Mahinda Rajapaksa had pardoned those who took up arms in the north.
“They can now live like ordinary people. Don’t condemn that. We have brought them into the democratic stream otherwise how can we have elections in the north? We created democracy in the north ,” the Minister added.
KP is waned in India and an INTERPOL warrant had been issued for his arrest over his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. (Colombo Gazette)