Five arrested over assault on Sri Lanka High Commissioner

 |Sep 5, 2016
Sri Lanka High Commissioner Ibrahim Sahib Ansar.
Sri Lanka High Commissioner Ibrahim Sahib Ansar.

Five people have been arrested over the alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Selangor CID chief DC Mohd Adnan Abdullah confirmed the arrests but declined to divulge the details of the five individuals.

The case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting, he told reporters in Sepang on Monday.

Ansar was reportedly assaulted by a small group of people at KLIA on Sunday.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, has condemned the act of violence “in the strongest terms.”

“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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka is taking all necessary action in this regard through diplomatic channels,” read the statement.,” said the statement.

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.

The High Commissioner has been given medical attention.

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was also in Malaysia to attend the event.

His attendance had drawn protests and saw demonstrations held … video.