Last leader of Tamil Tigers freed from military custody
COLOMBO - Agence France-PresseThe last leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, who is wanted by India over the assassination of former premier Rajiv Gandhi, has been freed from military custody, the defense ministry said yesterday.
Selvarasa Pathmanathan, who was arrested in August 2009, was no longer in detention and was free to carry out work for a charity he had formed, said Lakshman Hulugalle, the head of the defense ministry’s media center. “Practically, there is no detention now,” Hulugalle said asked how Pathmanathan, who has an Interpol arrest warrant initiated by India against him, was reportedly living in the island’s north. “He is running a non-government organization and doing work for the benefit of the people... and he is free to do his work.”