Dec 02, 2009 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan government has identified some 600 bank accounts with links to the Tamil Tiger separatists and is trying to seize assets held by the Tigers, a spokesman said. Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said Tiger assets and bank accounts were largely held by Kumaran Pathmanadan alias KP, a top Tiger leader now being detained and questioned by defence authorities.
Pathmanadan, the Tigers’ chief arms smuggler, also owns five merchant ships, three of which have been seized and are to be brought to the island, he told a news conference.
He gave no further details.
But the Tamil Tigers are known to have operated a small fleet of merchant ships for arms smuggling, several of which were sunk by the Sri Lankan navy in several deep-sea operations three years ago.
Government forces killed the top Tiger leaders in Sri Lanka and crushed the separatist group in May, ending the 30-year ethnic conflict.
Pathmanadan, who tried to take over the Tiger leadership and became their international spokesman, was subsequently seized in an undercover operation by Sri Lankan security forces in Malaysia.
The Sri Lankan army has said Pathmanadan used to coll