Lanka Violates INTERPOL Agreement
By Indika Sri Aravinda
Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) says it will continue to ignore the INTERPOL arrest warrant on former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Padmanathan (KP).
India had issued the warrant over KP’s involvement in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the warrant is still posted on the INTERPOL website. When The Sunday Leader contacted the CID a top official said that they have not been instructed to arrest KP using the INTERPOL warrant.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the CID official said that the Attorney General’s office must advice the CID on arresting anyone against whom an INTERPOL warrant has been issued.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana, when contacted by The Sunday Leader, said that he was not aware of the investigations involving KP.
Former advisor at the Colombo Law faculty Rev. Dr. Noel Dias said that by not handing over KP to India via INTERPOL the Sri Lankan government is violating its international agreement with INTERPOL.
He explained that under the 1977 Executive law, Sri Lanka is bound to abide by its international agreements and arrest any suspect wanted by INTERPOL.
UNP MP Jayalath Jayawardena meanwhile said that the government must file a case against KP since he had once proclaimed himself to be the LTTE leader following the death of Vellupillai Prabhakaran.
Jayawardena told The Sunday Leader that the government must also ensure that KP is extradited to India for investigations over Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
KP was arrested in August 2009 in Malyasia and his name was later taken off the wanted list of INTERPOL. But KP had later claimed that the LTTE was responsible for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his name reappeared as a wanted person.