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Case against Tamil MP postponed until February

Tamil parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheswaran, who was arrested by Sri Lankan police in October over a speech where she mentioned the LTTE, has had her court case postponed until February 2019.

Maheswaran faced criticism from cross-party Sinhala politicians for calling for a resurgence of the LTTE in order to curb rising crime rates in North-East and was forced to resign her ministerial post.

Sri Lanka's Attorney General had advised the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to file a case at the Court of Appeal against the UNP MP, but Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne said that the court had received no further instructions as he announced the postponement.