The UNP charged yesterday the LTTE had procured arms in Australia using monies given to it by the government before and after the Presidential Election as alleged by former minister Sripathy Sooriyarachchi in Parliament recently.
Referring to a statement made by Mr. Sooriyarachchi, Party frontliner Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference the government had given Rs. 200 billion to the LTTE in the run up to the election in 2005, another large sum of money running into millions later, some through various Cabinet papers.
Mr. Kiriella said Tigers had used these funds to procure arms and explosives to strengthen their arsenal against the security forces, and therefore the Parliamentary Select Committee should be appointed immediately, as requested by Mr. Sooriyarachchi.
`We are ready to prove that the LTTE had used these monies to smuggle in arms. For that purpose, we will produce the copies of court cases filed against the Tigers in Australia. So, we urge the authorities concerned to appoint the Select Committee as soon as possible,` he said.
The UNP said the provision of funds to a terrorist outfit was also against international law, therefore they could take up the matter before the `international court of justice`.