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LTTE bank accounts have not been appropriated: Lanka

Sri Lanka's spy chief has described as a "fabricated lie" charges by some opposition leaders that 600 bank accounts said to be operated by the LTTE have been appropriated and their assets are being misused.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 17:48 IST

Sri Lanka's spy chief has described as a "fabricated lie" charges by some opposition leaders that 600 bank accounts said to be operated by the LTTE have been appropriated and their assets are being misused.

During interrogation, detained LTTE leader K Pathmanathan (KP) had revealed the presence of these bank accounts and five ships of the rebel Tamil Tigers, who were annihilated in a military offensive in May last year.

The government wants to get these 600 accounts frozen but their details are not known, officials said.

KP, who was was arrested overseas and brought to Colombo in August this year, is considered to be a key custodian of slain LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabakaran's wealth.

Opposition leaders have sought clarifications on LTTE's bank accounts and its ships during election campaigning for the presidential polls.

National Intelligence chief Major General Kapila Hendawitharne told reporters yesterday that the claim from some quarters and the media that all funds which the LTTE is said to have had in the 600 bank accounts had been fraudulently appropriated is a "fabricated lie".

He condemned the "false campaign" which he claimed were encouraged by some elements with personal interests and said allegations that the government was misusing LTTE assets were "baseless and untrue".