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False news reports: Sumanthiran wants criminal investigation under ICCPR

Attorneys for Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran wrote to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) today requesting an investigation into allegedly false news stories that appeared in three newspapers.

The lawyers seek a criminal investigation from the Police, under Section 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.

The news stories, according to the letter to the IGP, attribute to Sumanthiran words to the effect that “the Tamil people should vote for [New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate] Saith Premadasa in order to defeat the Sinhalese people” or similar variations.

Arguing that the reports are “blatant falsehoods”, the lawyers said their client blatantly denies making such a statement.

“These false reports are a propagation of racial hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, which amounts to an offence under the ICCPR Act.”

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