Sanctions imposed against Qatar Charity to be lifted

Thursday, 30 June 2022 - 17:34

Sri Lanka's Minister of Energy has informed through a Twitter message that Sri Lanka has decided to lift the sanctions imposed against Qatar Charity on charges of supporting terrorist activities in Sri Lanka.

This was after meeting and discussing with the officials of the charity yesterday evening.

Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera is on a visit to Qatar with the aim of finding a solution to the fuel crisis in the country and he had met officials of Qatar Charity.

The officials were also informed that the decision taken by the Ministry of Defense to lift the ban imposed on the fund in 2019 has been communicated to the Attorney General.

The Sri Lankan authorities had named "Qatar Charity" as a terrorist organization in relation to the case of lawyer Hijaz Hezbollah.

The charity was accused of providing funds for activities related to terrorism.

However, Hijaz Hezbollah's lawyers alleged that the designation of Qatar Charity as a terrorist organization was part of an attempt to frame Hijaz Hezbollah by linking him to the 2019 Easter attacks.

Qatar Charity also has a registered office in Sri Lanka and has a staff working, and although the Criminal Investigation Department named this organization as a terrorist organization, none of them were arrested and interrogated.

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