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$ 5 m Easter funds not received as of April 2020

  • Governor Muzammil informed PM in letter last year

  • Funds were to benefit Easter attack victims

 

The purported Muslim World League (MWL) donation made to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) for the victims of the Easter Sunday terror attacks had not been received by the Government as of 27 April 2020, according to a letter sent at the time by the North Western Governor A.J.M. Muzammil to the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The letter, as seen by The Morning, states that Muzammil was contacted by the MWL in 2020 and informed of their desire to expedite the disbursement of the funds, which had not been received by the previous United National Front-led Government in 2019.

The Morning reported yesterday (22) that it was a dummy check that had been allegedly received by the then President Maithripala Sirisena.

The correspondence between Muzammil and the MWL as seen by The Morning states that the MWL had not disbursed the funds in 2019 since a report that was requested from the GoSL about the Easter Sunday attacks had not been received.

However, as of 27 April 2020, the MWL had been ready to expedite the disbursement of the aforementioned funds to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs.

Attempts to contact the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious, and Cultural Affairs Secretary Prof. Kapila Gunawardana about whether the funds had been received subsequent to April 2020 proved futile.

Muzammil, when contacted by The Morning, refused to comment on the topic.

This week, Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), requesting an investigation into the alleged MWL donation to ascertain as to whether the funds had been received and used.

On 21 April 2021, the second year anniversary of the co-ordinated suicide attacks on Easter Sunday of 21 April 2019 that claimed over 250 lives, was marked.