PETALING JAYA: The police have no credible evidence to show that the three detained Sri Lankan nationals are supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), DAP vice-chairman M Kulasegaran said today.
“The deportation is most unacceptable as Sri Lanka political leaders themselves have been alleged to have committed war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” he said.
In the last three years, UN Humans Rights Council had adopted resolutions against Sri Lanka for committing gross abuse of human rights against the Tamil minority,” said Kulasegaran in a statement today.
“Deportation is cruel and inhuman because there is a possibility that they may have face torture or prosecution,” he said.
“Malaysia is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention which governs the status of refugees.
“International law requires a non-signatory to this Convention of refugees not to deport if there is a possibility that the refugee may face torture or persecution for which Sri Lankan authorities are world famous for.
“Refugees once granted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card must be accorded the necessary protection and not deportation,” he added.
The Ipoh Barat MP also asked why Sri Lankan embassy was actively involved in the local affairs to the extend it could persuade the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to take action.
He said if one watched the “No Fire Zone” documentary it would be undisputedly clear how deeply involved the Sri Lankan authorities were in butchering and killing its own citizens during the civil war.
“With all these wrongdoings of the Sri Lankan authorities, how can our investigators label the three detainees as terrorists?” he asked.
On May 25, Khalid revealed that three suspected LTTE members were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in multiple raids in Petaling Jaya and Klang on May 15.