New Tamil Tiger chief (KP) knew of Indian PM's assassination

An Indian publication, Express Buzz, rekindles evidence of the Tamil Tigers' involvement in the assassination of India's Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"KP told a Sri Lankan Tamil in Tamil Nadu in November 1990 that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would soon target the Indian leadership," the publication said on it's website.

KP (a.k.a Selvarasa Pathmanathan) was appointed as the new leader of the Tamil Tigers on 21 July 2009. He was apprehended yesterday, and is said to be in Colombo under the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities.

Express Buzz
But KP, in contrast to a section of media reports, is not an accused in the Gandhi case and is not directly linked to the killing. He is merely a suspect in the eyes of the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Authority (MDMA), which is still probing the larger conspiracy angle related to Gandhi's killing.

KP's advance knowledge of the assassination has intrigued Indian security agencies.

Since secret decisions of the nature of Gandhi's killing were shared in the regimented LTTE on a strict need to know basis, questions have been asked how and why he came to know about the plot.
Some say he will be extradited to India, and others say indictment in Sri Lanka. In any case, just like the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, this is the end of the road for Kumaran Pathmanathan.

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