Thai police deny Tamil Tiger arrest

Officials say they have no record of arrest of Tamil Tigers' third-in-command.

    Kumaran Pathmanadan, also known as KP, is the Tamil Tigers' third-in-command 

     

    Thai police spokesman Lieutenant-General Ronnarong Youngyuen said the relevant authorities had nothing on Pathmanadan.
     

    "If we'd arrested him, we would have made good publicity out of it"

    Ronnarong Youngyuen, 
    Thai police spokesman

    "I've checked with [the] related police bureaux – the Immigration Police, the Metropolitan Police and the Special Branch," he told Reuters.
     
    "There has been no report of a Tiger rebel arrested in Bangkok," he said, adding, "If we'd arrested him, we would have made good publicity out of it."
     
    Ronnarong said Thai police did hand over three Tamil Tigers to Sri Lanka last month after the rebels served jail terms for arms smuggling following their arrest four years ago.
     
    On Monday a posting on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website said: "reliable sources from Thailand reveal that LTTE's chief for cross border terrorist activities, Kumaran Padmanadan, alias 'KP' has been arrested in Bangkok".
     
    In Thailand the English language Bangkok Post also reported Pathmanadan's arrest in the Thai capital.
     
    Known as the Tiger's money man, Pathmanadan has been on Interpol's most wanted list for a number of years, and implicated in several assassinations.
     
    Polcie have searched for him under a number of aliases in Johannesburg, Yangon, Singapore and Bangkok.
     
    They believe he had bank accounts in London, Frankfurt, Denmark, Athens and Australia, and has more than 200 passports.
     
    The LTTE has been fighting government forces since the early 1980s, seeking to carve out a separate homeland for the ethnic Tamils.
     
    About 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.