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LTTE demands inquiry into Pathmanathan's arrest

world Updated: Aug 09, 2009 20:08 IST
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LTTE on Sunday asked the international community to intervene and investigate how their new leader Selvarasa Pathmanathan was detained in Malaysia and flown to Sri Lanka for questioning and ensure his safety and security.

"If the Government of Malaysia (from where Pathamathan was reportedly arrested) does not have any information on the matter, we demand an inquiry into the whole episode," a statement from the now defunct LTTE said.

"If Pathmanathan has been brought to Colombo, as claimed by the Government of Sri Lanka, we call upon the
international community to become involved in this matter in order to assure the safety and security of Pathmanathan
according to international standards, and to facilitate access to legal representation," it said.

Selvarasa Pathmanathan better known as KP, who controlled a vast network that supplied arms to LTTE for
nearly three decades, was arrested in a South East Asian nation on Wednesday and brought to Colombo the following day.

The statement said in the case of Pathmanathan's "abduction the rule of law has once again been violated by
international actors with respect to Tamils."

"The proper procedure would have been to secure the extradition of Pathmanathan if he had broken any law, rather
than taking action outside the law," the statement said.