Rajiv Gandhi assassination accused ‘KP’ escapes from Sri Lanka: Reports

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Colombo, Jan 12: Kumaran Pathmanathan, an LTTE leader wanted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is said to have fled from Colombo with the help of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of former Sri Lankan President, says media reports.

Media reports say that Kumaran Pathmanathan, also known as KP, left the country fearing that he would be handed over to India following change of guard in Colombo.

Former PM Rajiv Gandhi

Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is better known as 'KP', was "arrested" by the then Sri Lankan government in August 2009 in a Southeast Asian nation and brought to Colombo where he was welcomed as a "VVIP" by then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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Earlier on Saturday, newly-elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's top aide and spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the new regime will prosecute Kumaran Pathmanathan.

It had been alleged that Gotabhaya and the government of his brother and outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa had cut a deal with LTTE leaders to access their wealth abroad in exchange for safety and protection for the guerrillas.

Sri Lanka has resisted international moves to have KP extradited to India to face charges, but with the fall of the Rajapaksa regime, questions have risen about the fate of the LTTE leader.

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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