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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

LTTE's kingpin arrested in Colombo

[b]LTTE's kingpin arrested in Colombo[/b]

[b]Colombo, 11 October, ( [/b]Charles Gnanakone, originally from Katkovalam, Point Perdo, and presently an Australian Passport holder, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the assassination of former Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on 12 August 2005, was taken into custody by the police yesterday morning .

Police said that a special Army team captured Gnanakone from a house at Nikape in Dehiwala around 2 AM on Monday. Later he was handed over to the Dehiwala police, and who then handed the suspect to the Colombo Crime Division for further investigation.

Charles Gananakone was earlier in the shipping business in Singapore and he subsequently became a resident of Australia and was residing in Melbourne.

Gnanakone was a close associate of Velupillai Prabakaran, the Tiger Supremo and it was reported that he was the man who last met Lakshman Kadirgamar and assured that Tigers would not harm him as long as he remains the Minister of Foreign Affairs. It was alleged that this assurance, a hall mark of Tiger strategy, was given to make Kadirgamar to relax the security around him and make him an easy target for the LTTE assassins.

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