JVP claims people’s trust in AG’s Dept. fast eroding

People’s trust in the judiciary was fast eroding under the new government too for its dubious conduct over the case against LTTE’s chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters at Pelawatte, Parliamentarian Herath said that his party had filed a petition on January 19, this year seeking an investigation into KP’s assets. They had levelled 193 charges in their petition. One of them was that KP owned seven ships, foreign assets, gold and foreign accounts. "What happened to them under the Rajapaksa government?"

KP was arrested by the security forces and then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Former national intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Kapila Hendavitharana went abroad to bring KP here. Thereafter, announcing the arrest of KP, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa gave a list of assets belonging to KP. Nobody knew what happened to them.

When the case was taken up on Jan. 26, the Attorney General’s Department asked for time to submit a report and the Court of Appeal gave them six months.  On August 31, the Attorney General’s Department told the court that investigations into 46 of the 193 charges against KP had revealed that he had played no role in acts of terrorism.

"The AG’s Department has not clarified what those 46 charges are and the situation with regard to others. We have a right to know and hope we will get to know the truth on Oct. 28, when the case is taken up again," Herath said.

"If the Attorney General’s Department has no evidence all it needs is to ask former Army Commander who recently said that he has evidence against KP. We have named the Army Commander, Inspector General of Police, and Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Department on our list of respondents."

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