KP claims he knows individuals holding LTTE`s cash

Kumaran Pathmanathan, the self- proclaimed successor of V Prabakaran, has said that he knows where the large haul of cash of LTTE is being kept.

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2011, 14:23 PM IST

Colombo: Kumaran Pathmanathan, the self-
proclaimed successor of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran, has
said that he knows where the large haul of cash of the group
is being kept and with whom following Tigers` defeat in 2009.

"I know who is having the large sums of money
belonging to the LTTE. I know this will be a difficult job but
I will try to find that money in order to help Tamil people,"
he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Pathmanathan, better known as KP, announced himself
the LTTE chief immediately after Prabakaran was killed by the
Sri Lankan forces on May 19, 2009.

Three months later KP was arrested by Sri Lankan
agents in Malaysia and brought to Colombo. Since then he has
been living under government detention. He has expressed his
desire to cooperate in rehabilitation and reconstruction of
war-hit areas in the north and east regions of the country.

Under government escort, KP had visited the former
battle regions heading his North Eastern Rehabilitation and
Development Organisation (NERDO) and has expressed his desire
to work with the Tamil diaspora to develop the regions.

KP told BBC that he was trying to secure the release
of thousands of former LTTE cadres held by the government.

Pathmanathan was once Prabakaran`s most trusted
confidante and was overlooking the group`s international arms
purchases during the height of the conflict.

He said the slowness in administrative procedures and
the influence from both Sinhala and Tamil extremist elements
have hampered the process to secure the release of the former
LTTE men and women.

KP said he had played a lead role in forming the
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam while residing in
Malaysia. "Now it is a different situation. What is important
now is to create a better future for the Tamils", he added.

PTI