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Malaysian PM refuses to confirm LTTE chief’s arrest

[PTI, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:12 No Comment]

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday refused to confirm whether the new LTTE chief was arrested in his country.

Reports from Colombo last week said that LTTE’s new chief Selvarasa Pathmanathan was arrested outside a Kuala Lumpur hotel and taken to Sri Lanka transiting via Bangkok.

However, Prime Minister Najib said he did not know and did not have the facts. "I do not know. I do not have the facts," he said.

Sri Lanka’s Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had said that Pathmanathan was arrested from a South East Asian nation on last Thursday.

Malaysian newspapers reported the incident from Colombo but did not carry the comments of local officials on the issue.

Fifty five-year-old Pathmanathan, who was named by slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran as the new head of the International Relations of the outfit in February, named himself as the LTTE chief after the death of Prabhakaran.

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