Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Malaysia beaten up at airport

Sept 05, 2016 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, was beaten up by a group of LTTE supporters at the Kuala Lumpur airport after he refused to divulge the whereabouts of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is on a visit to Malaysia, media reports said.

According to the New Indian Express, a group had protested for a second day by demonstrating and burning effigies of Rajapaksa who they said should not have been invited to Malaysia at all.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed reports that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia had been assaulted by a group of persons at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 4th of September 2016.

“The Government of Sri Lanka condemns this act of violence on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, in the strongest terms. The High Commissioner is receiving medical attention,” the statement said.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur is coordinating with local law enforcement authorities in Malaysia and other relevant local authorities to identify perpetrators and assist with investigations, the statement added.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka is seized of the seriousness of this incident and is taking all necessary action in this regard through diplomatic channels.”

The Malay Mail online reported that around 50 people had protested outside the Putra World Trade Centre in Malaysia over the last two days.

“Tamils in Malaysia are strongly protesting the invitation extended to the War Criminal who had committed numerous crimes against humanity and demand for his immediate deportation,” the group’s coordinator Satees Muniandy said.