Sri Lanka’s MOD clarifies terror list

Sri Lanka’s MOD clarifies terror list

Sri Lanka’s MOD clarifies terror list

Written by Teena Marian

16 Aug, 2022 | 5:18 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry clarified the blacklisting and delisting of persons and organizations from its terror list.

According to the blacklisting and delisting of persons, 577 individuals and 18 organizations were blacklisted in the year 2021 for financing terrorism under the United Nations Regulation.

After a series of discussions and a careful study conducted at the Ministry of Defence by a committee consisting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney General's Department, key Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcing Agencies, and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, and based on reports and evidence concerning the financing terrorism by individuals and organizations, recommendations were submitted for the listing and delisting.

Accordingly, among the aforesaid 577 individuals and 18 organizations, a decision was made to delist 316 individuals and 06 organizations since they no longer continue to fund terrorist activities.

Furthermore, it has been decided to blacklist 55 individuals and 03 organizations those recently recognized as active in financing terrorism during the period.

Thus, forwarding the recommendation of the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 29, 2022, for their consent, 316 individuals and 15 organizations were blacklisted on August 1, 2022, by Extraordinary Gazette.

Such inclusions and exclusions for blacklisted individuals and organizations are routinely carried out by relevant authorities after observation and careful study over a continuous time.

Relevant authorities remain to be vigilant on the activities of the delisted individuals and organizations and will ban them again if raising of funds for financing terrorism is resumed, the Ministry of Defence further said. 

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