Sri Lanka

Qatar Charity reopens Sri Lanka office with US$ 11.7 million aid

Qatar Charity has reopened its office in Sri Lanka after its ban that was imposed by Sri Lanka was lifted last year, months after the government froze the charity’s accounts accusing it of funding Islamic terrorism together with a prominent lawyer

A former police minister and a close ally of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sarath Weerasekara told parliament on January 07 2021 that the ringleader of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers Zaharan Hashim had conducted lectures in an organisation maintained by Sri Lankan lawyer Hejaz Hisbullah. The organisation, named ‘Pearl of Unity’, and its local branc was funded by Qatar Charity which Weerasekara claimed was banned by the United Nations.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) subsequently froze the accounts of Qatar Charity in Sri Lanka.

“At the launch of the country office today, Qatar Charity announced humanitarian aid worth US$ 11.7 million for the year 2023.This will be allocated to identified areas as per the state’s requirements.Thank you Qatar Charity for stepping up to support the vulnerable,” Foreign Minister Ali Sabry tweeted after attending the reopening ceremony of the Qatar Charity Office in Sri Lanka today.

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