USD 5mn promised by WML was never received: Church

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Although representatives of the World Muslim League (WML) had announced a donation of USD 5 million to support victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in July 2019, the Catholic Church was not aware of further progress of this initiative, Director of Sethsarana, the charity wing of the catholic church, Father Nishantha Lawrence Ramanayake informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks on Thursday.

He said that the WML had made this announcement at the National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence at Nelum Pokuna held in July 2019.

Fr. Ramanayake said the announcement of the funding decision was made before the then president Maithripala Sirisena, former western province governor A. J. M Muzammil and other dignitaries, by WML Secretary General, Dr. Mohommad Bin Abdulkarim Alissa.

The witness said during the conference, former President Maithripala Sirisena had received a symbolic dummy of a cheque mentioning USD 5 million.

“After making this announcement before higher officials of the previous government, we haven't received any update about the funding process. We don't even know whether the previous government got those funds or not," Father Ramanayake said.

Testifying before the Commission on Thursday (24) night, the witness said that before announcing the above initiative at the conference, the WML had informed this to Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Ramya de Silva Saturday, 27 June 2020 05:29 PM

    When it is received, hope the Church will set aside funds to maintain the Catholic Section at the Kanatte in Colombo.

    DEA Saturday, 27 June 2020 06:18 PM

    So a symbolic dummy was given to a dummy

    Kapila Senaratne Saturday, 27 June 2020 06:53 PM

    Ask the Previous Presidential officials

    S.H.Moulana Saturday, 27 June 2020 07:07 PM

    They always keep up their promises, all what needed is just a reminder through a known party.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 27 June 2020 07:14 PM

    In the end, it is all about money and how much the church can grab out of dead bodies.

    Ameer M Mahdi Saturday, 27 June 2020 09:38 PM

    check M3's bank account!

    Ralaharamy Sunday, 28 June 2020 05:56 AM

    Nobody gives a huge dummy cheque in front of cameras, unless backed by a real cheque. May be somebody at the ceremony forgot it in the pocket! Were these war of words meant to bring out the cheque?

    Shani Sunday, 28 June 2020 07:20 AM

    @BuffaloaCitizen reflecting back at your comments on daily mirror I have this to say: you are indeed a pathetic excuse of a human lowlife peasant, who is wasting our planet's precious oxygen. Stop being an appalling wanker, you backward thinking stoneage old hag. I can't believe that such eye sore like you exist. PS: I hope I made your day admin :p *peace*

    Misdirected ! Sunday, 28 June 2020 08:04 AM

    As usual it would have "accidentally" got into a politicians bank account. Surely an organisation of standing ( World Muslim League - WML) would have honored their commitment.

    appeal to WML Sunday, 28 June 2020 08:06 AM

    World Muslim League please give a public reply and expose if any misappropriation has taken place in this wonder of Asia.

    S.H.Moulana Sunday, 28 June 2020 08:13 AM

    I learn now that the former president Sirisena was requested some details to be submitted to go ahead with the promised US $ 5 millions and this has been still not fulfilled by the presidential team. So please don't blame the donor but the party failed to respond to the request until now.

    S.H.Moulana Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:13 PM

    The information Muslim World League requested to go ahead with the grant from the then government were: 1.Number of casualties because of the attack. 2.Religion of the casualties. 3.List of the casualties and injured.4.Collateral damage to public properties. 5.Other relevant information 6. Account number of the president's or prime minister'charitable fund. No response for this official query up to now and how can you expect the check?

    Raashid Sunday, 28 June 2020 07:19 PM

    Although they should give since they told they will be giving, everyone should keep in mind that the WML doesn’t owe anybody anything as the attacks had not done by any Muslim or anyone related to Islam. They intended to give this as a sign of support and to shore that the attackers and Muslims are not the same.


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