Selvarasa Pathmanathan, alias KP, the new LTTE chief who was arrested last week, has revealed details of hundreds of bank accounts maintained by the Tigers’ in countries across the world.
According to the national news agency of Sri Lanka, Lankapuvath, KP told his interrogators that at last 1582 bank accounts were maintained by LTTE.
"It is true that KP has revealed that the LTTE had a large number of accounts. We are verifying the accounts. While the money that could have been in these accounts was being added, it could easily run into a couple of billions ($),’’ government minister and defence spokesperson, Kehelia Rambukwella told HT.
KP also revealed that the LTTE had two international wings namely, the ‘KP’ Department and the ‘Aiyanna’ Group, which were active across the globe.
Meanwhile, China on Friday further cemented its burgeoning economic ties with Sri Lanka by signing two deals worth $350 million to build an oil bunkering facility and an important highway linking Colombo to the only international airport in the country.
The oil bunkering facility will be part of the Hambantota Port Development Project (HPDP), which China is already building for Sri Lanka on the southern coast in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hometown.
The two deals were inked between China’s Exim Bank and the Lankan treasury secretary, Sumith Abeysinghe currently on a visit to Beijing.
"The signing of the two agreements will pave the way for much needed infrastructure requirements which will have an immense impact on the country's future socio-economic development,’’ the Lankan foreign ministry said in a statement in Colombo.
The signing of the two deals comes within 10 days of Sri Lanka announced that it was getting ready to increase its diplomatic strength in China.
Making the announcement during his China visit on August 4, foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama referred to the special relationship shared by Sri Lanka and China and stated that it was a special “friendship between a small country and a big country”.