Prabhakaran’’s extradition could be considered, says Lankan envoy

January 15th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 15 (ANI): Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India R Jaisinghe has said that India’’s request for extradition of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran to stand trial in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could be seriously looked into.
“The government’’s stand is that if there is a request, certainly that will have to be looked at very seriously. I would say even positively again given our close relationship with India,” said Jaisinghe told media persons on Wednesday,
Rajiv Gandhi, who as Prime Minister in the late 1980s sent Indian troops to Sri Lanka to disarm the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was killed by a woman suicide bomber as he campaigned for 1991 general elections that possibly could have returned him to power.
An Indian court convicted Prabhakaran of masterminding Rajiv’’s assassination and India formally requested for his extradition. India also banned the LTTE the militant organisation he leads.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is tightening the snare around the Tamil Tigers and their elusive leader with air raids and a sea blockade in an offensive that is closing in on the LTTE, the military said on Tuesday.
Air force jets hit a jungle hideout often used by LTTE founder Prabhakaran on Monday night, the air force said. The air force said the target had been hit, but it was not clear if Prabhakaran was there.
The military in the last two weeks has seized two major strategic targets, the rebels” self-proclaimed capital of Kilinochchi and Elephant Pass, which puts the entire Jaffna Peninsula under their control for the first time since 2000.
After those two decisive blows, the army has turned all of its units toward the eastern port of Mullaitivu and is surging through a wedge of jungle surrounding it that measures no more than 330 sq km. (ANI)

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