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 Post subject: Kumaran Pathmanadan (KP) arrested in Bangkok
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:45 am 
Kumaran Pathmanadan arrested in Bangkok

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Thailand has arrested the procurement and finance chief of the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. Kumaran Pathmanadan is one of the top officials in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He has been on Interpol's Most Wanted list for a number of years. He has also been implicated in several assassinations of political leaders. Police said they believed he had bank accounts in London, Frankfurt, Denmark, Athens and Australia and has over 200 passports for his use.

@ BangkokPost.com, Agencies
Tuesday 11th September, 2007


Thailand has arrested the procurement and finance chief of the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka.

Kumaran Pathmanadan is reported to have been arrested by police in Bangkok on Monday evening. He is one of the top officials in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the formal name of the group.

Pathmanadan apparently had obtained Thai citizenship.

He continued to run the global network of LTTE offices and its weapons procurement, logistics and money laundering operations.

He has been on Interpol's Most Wanted list for a number of years. He has also been implicated in several assassinations of political leaders.

His arrest followed the detention in Ranong province last month of three Tamil Tiger operatives trying to buy guns and 45,000 rounds of ammuntion.

All four were suspected of running a Tamil Tiger gun-running ring centered in Thailand.

Pathmanadan, who also had a number of aliases, has recently been the subject of a manhunt that stretched to Johannesburg, Rangoon, Singapore and Bangkok. Police said they believed he had bank accounts in London, Frankfurt, Denmark, Athens and Australia and has over 200 passports for his use.

He and his group are suspected of running weapons purchased Thailand and neighbouring countries to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. The Tigers have been desinated as a terrorist group by most western countries, but not Thailand.

A Jane's Intelligence report on the group stated that despite the cease-fire agreement in Sri Lanka, the LTTE continued to re-supply cadres. It said:

"While Cambodia is the hub of the LTTE East Asia Network, Thailand continues to serve as the most important country for trans-shipment of munitions and coordination of logistics... its excellent communications infrastructure, proximity to former war zones in both Cambodia and [Burma] and its western coastline facing the Bay of Bengal and Sri Lanka beyond have made Thailand the ancient interface between the LTTE's war zone."


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 Post subject: A Blow To LTTE
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:18 am 
Chief Arms Procurer's Arrest A Blow To LTTE: Indian Officials

Tharmalingam Shanmughan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, 52, who has also been linked to the explosives used in the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. A senior official told IANS that Indian authorities were aware of the arrest. 'It is a body blow to the LTTE. It could cut off LTTE's arms supply lines,' he said.

Tuesday 11th of September 2007
@ NEWSPost India


A Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger who headed the group's global arms procuring unit has been reportedly arrested in Thailand after eluding security services of more than one country for over two decades, Indian officials said Tuesday.

Tharmalingam Shanmughan alias Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, 52, who has also been linked to the explosives used in the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was detained in Bangkok Monday evening, media reports said.

One Indian official said the reported arrest of KP, as he was known, was a major blow to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and would well be its worst setback since the 2004 defection of a top regional commander, Karuna.

One official described the man of middle class origin as an 'elusive pimpernel'.

A trusted associate of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran since the early 1980s, KP travelled around the world on several passports he held and helped build a strong global network that kept a steady flow of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the group even under the most adverse circumstances.

A senior official told IANS that Indian authorities were aware of the arrest. 'It is a body blow to the LTTE. It could cut off LTTE's arms supply lines,' he said.

Another official who could not confirm the arrest added: 'If true, it is a big blow. He was one of their key persons. It will only add to the LTTE's cup of woes.'

According to the officials, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which probed Gandhi's assassination, linked the 2.4 mm Singapore Fragmentation Grenade (SFG) pellets in the suicide belt that killed the Indian leader to the highly secretive 'KP Department'.

Also linked to KP, according to the CBI, was an AK 47 assault rifle and a 9 mm pistol that were found with Sivarasan, the LTTE operative who oversaw Gandhi's killing, after he committed suicide near Bangalore in 1992 to evade capture.

'To that extent we have wanted to question KP,' one official said. 'He is a suspect in the case.'

According to CBI officials, KP was believed to have passed a wireless message to a Sri Lankan in Tamil Nadu in late 1990 warning of an attack on 'the Indian leadership'. Rajiv Gandhi was blown up in May 1991 near Chennai.

A man devoted to Prabhakaran and the cause of a Tamil homeland, KP reportedly spoke Tamil, Sinhalese, English and French. He was credited with the ability to mingle with people in various societies. It helped him to always remain several steps ahead of all his pursuers.

Hailing from Jaffna, the Tamil heartland, KP diligently put in place, from the 1980s, a well-oiled global infrastructure that helped the LTTE to grow as the world's most heavily armed insurgent outfit, earning the grudging respect of even its foes.

Developing many contacts in India, both Tamil and non-Tamil, KP also set up the LTTE's shipping line that ferried both legal cargo and illegal contraband, the officials said. The vessels operated even when the Indian troops fought the LTTE in 1987-90.

According to the officials, KP lived in India for a while in the 1980s, during which time he reportedly turned a farmhouse at Vellore in Tamil Nadu into a hideout and befriended a shipping magnate and his wife in Mumbai.

The CBI's investigation into the Gandhi killing derailed much of the KP network in India but did not cripple it totally, the officials said.

According to Peter Chalk, an expert on terrorism, KP had bank accounts in Britain, Germany, Denmark, Greece and Australia and his main operational bases were located in Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand and South Africa.

According to Chalk, KP and his men got no formal military training but received 'intensive instructions' in areas like document forgeries, gun running, communications, international freight shipping and investing.


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 Post subject: Thai police deny Tamil Tiger arrest
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:11 pm 
Thai police deny Tamil Tiger arrest

"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."

@Aljazeera / Thursday, September 13, 2007

Police in Thailand have denied reports of the arrest of a senior Tamil Tiger leader in Bangkok.

Kumaran Pathmanadan, also known as KP, is the third-in-command and in charge of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's finance and weapons purchases.

A Sri Lankan government website pointed to the arrest on Monday, and the story was carried by Thai media.

But the Thai police said on Wednesday there was no record of Pathmanadan's arrest.

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

"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


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