May 19, 2009 / 5:03 AM / 10 years ago

Tamil Tiger leader alive, says pro-rebel website

Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, speaks during the annual "Heroes' Week" statement at rebel-held territory in Kilinochchi in this November 27, 2007 file photo. Prabhakaran is alive, a pro-rebel website reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/LTTE/Handout/Files

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is alive, a pro-rebel website reported on Tuesday.

“I wish to inform the global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war that our beloved leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is alive and safe,” www.TamilNet.com quoted LTTE diplomatic head Selvarajah Pathmanathan as saying.

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