KP prevented from leaving country

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BY LAKMAL SOORIYAGODA

The Court of Appeal yesterday issued an interim order directing the Controller of  Immigration and Emigration to prevent Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingham alias KP from leaving the country.

Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda (President) and A.H.M.D. Nawaz gave this order sequent to a writ petition filed by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Vijitha Herath. He sought an order for KP’s arrest and the institution of legal proceedings against him. KP was appointed LTTE leader in 2009.
The Attorney General was noticed to appear in Court yesterday to inquire into matters connected to KP, but appearing on behalf of the AG, the state counsel told Court that she had still not received instructions on the KP issue and requested for another date. However, Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma with Sunil Watagala and Kaushalya Perera appearing for the petitioner sought an interim order as an urgent matter of national security to stop KP from leaving the country. The writ petition has been put off for February 19. The Police Chief, the Defence Secretary, the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, the Army Commander, the Kilinochchi
Security Forces Commander, the TID Director, the Attorney General and Kumaran Pathmanathan were cited as the respondents.

The petitioner sought an interim order directing the Controller of Immigration and Emigration to prevent KP from leaving the country until the final determination of this application. Mr. Herath said KP also known as Kutti Master was the chief international
arms procurer for the Tamil Tigers and was appointed as the head of the LTTE by its elusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran just before he was killed by army troops in 2009.

 

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