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Sri Lanka court dismisses petition against former LTTE leader KP

The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka has dismissed a Writ Application filed by the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seeking an order to arrest and prosecute former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

President of the Court of Appeal Justice L. T. B. Dehideniya and Justice Shiran Gunaratne decided to dismiss the writ petition citing that there is no legal basis to proceed with the petition while refusing to issue notices to the respondents.

This petition was filed by the Information Secretary of the JVP, parliamentarian Vijith Herath.

The petitioner said Mr. Kumaran Pathmanathan is involved in the large scale criminal activities and arms purchases carried out by the LTTE.

The petitioner had asked the court to issue a writ order to the Inspector General of Police to arrest the suspect, Kumaran Pathmanathan and institute legal proceedings against the suspect.

The Attorney General had earlier informed Court that the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has commenced a comprehensive investigation against KP under three Acts including Prevention of Terrorism Act, Penal Code and Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act over his alleged terrorist involvements.

However, the judges, after a lengthy trial, said the petition had no legal basis for conducting an examination. Accordingly, the judges have decided to dismiss the petition without being examined.

The respondents for the case include the Army Commander, Inspector General of Police, and Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Department.

Courtesy: Colombo Page