KP at Prabhakaran’s wedding, back in the day.
KP (Selvarasa Pathmanathan) was the last leader and, briefly, chief blogger for the LTTE. Before Prabhakaran was killed he designated KP, the chief arms smuggler, the head of the LTTE, though that was hotly contested by the rump. He was then promptly caught by Sri Lanka in Malaysia and put under a comfortable enough house arrest. In time, he quite thoroughly turned.
Since 2009 he has been giving interviews to the press and is quite the changed man. Now he’s reputedly pally with Gotabaya Rajapaksa and is running an NGO in the north.
The current news story is that he’s been freed, but it’s not like it just happened. It seems that KP has been ad hoc free for a while and that Lakshman Hulugalle just mentioned that in passing in a briefing.
"Practically, there is no detention now," Hulugalle told a press conference.
He said Pathmanathan was running a non-government organisation and doing "development work" in the island's north. "There is no court case against him," he added.
"This (transformation of Pathmanathan) is a victory for us. A person who had been working against us and leading Tamil people is now working to develop the country." (AFP
Despite him supplying arms that killed thousands of civilians and soldiers and supporting division after VP died, I still think it’s OK for KP to be out. The only thing, as the Tamil political parties have said, is that other Tamil political prisoners should get the same consideration. That is, they should be given a chance to reform and receive amnesty as well.