PM says incendiaries will be charged under ICCPR

PM says incendiaries will be charged under ICCPR

16 May 2019 06:31 am

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that everyone involved in hostile behaviour promoting communal disharmony and violence against minority communities on May 12 and 13 will be charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act and under emergency regulations, reports say.
The Prime Minister has informed the police to implement effective legal actions against those who involved riots of May 12 and 13 in keeping with the ICCPR. 
 
The Prime Minister has also instructed the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to impose police curfew whenever necessary. 
 
The Prime Minister's Office stated that the situation had been brought under control by the security forces by yesterday (15), during which the incendiaries involved in the riotous activities were produced before the Court and remanded. 
 
During May 12 and 13 acts of violence were reported from many parts of the country, i.e. Wariyapola, Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya, Chilaw, Puttalam and Minuwangoda, promoting hatred over ethnic differences. 14 persons were arrested in connection to the incident in Minuwangoda, nine of whom among them were remanded till May 29 after being produced before the Court. 
 
The remaining five people will be produced before the Court soon, reports said.  
 
Meanwhile, about 60 persons allegedly favouring communal disharmony and violating police curfew were arrested in the North-Western Province. After producing before the Court, nine of them were remanded till May 27.
 
MIAP