Cops: Don’t support UN-banned group LTTE


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have issued a warning against those who demonstrated support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and protested against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa following the assault on the Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Malaysia at the KLIA on Sunday.

“I want to remind these groups that they are supporting a group which is banned by the United Nations.

“We, as a UN signatory country, can take action against them (supporters),” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters yesterday.

Khalid said police were also probing local groups who had protested to identify their links to the LTTE and warned that they could be probed under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

When asked whether the group in the attack was affiliated with the LTTE, Khalid said they were showing signs of sympathising with the LTTE and police were investigating their links to the group.

He said police have identified all of the attackers and have arrested five people aged between 27 and 56 who were from Ipoh, Dengkil and Kuala Lumpur.

Khalid said police were now tracking four more suspects involved in the attack.

“We regret the incident had happened,” he said, adding that the envoy Ibrahim Ansar sustained bruises on his face and body in the incident and received treatment at the Gleneagles Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry in a statement condemned the attack on its High Commissioner.

The High Commission is coordinating with law enforcement authorities in Malaysia and other relevant local authorities to identify perpetrators and assist with investigations, it said.

It was reported that the High Commissioner was assaulted at the airport after sending off Daya Gamage, the country’s Primary Industries Minister, who was in Malaysia for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.

Rajapaksa had also attended the event.

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