Video: BBS claims Gnanasara Thera’s Australian Visa in jeopardy

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Following the United States’ cancellation of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera’s visa, the BBS today said that there was a conspiracy by Muslim extremist organisations in Australia to follow suit.

It said an Australian Muslim Organisation had sent a letter to the Australian Immigration Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison requesting him not to allow the BBS General Secretary to enter Australia. The letter sent to the minister had claimed that Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had a criminal record in Sri Lanka and was accountable for the killings in Aluthgama. It also calls the BBS a terrorist oraganisation which had destroyed many business establishments belonging to Muslims in Sri Lanka. ‘All these allegations are false and are baseless,” BBS Executive Committee Member Dilantha Vithanage told a news conference.  

Meanwhile Ven. Gnanasara Thera said that the BBS was receiving a large number of invitations from Sri Lankans living abroad to take part in various religious activities. “We accept some of the invitations and we reject some of them because of the workload we have. We have been receiving many invitations from Sri Lankans in Australia to visit there but we have not made any immediate decision to visit the country yet or applied for a visa,” he said, adding that they were hoping to visit Australia possibly in October.(Lahiru Pothmulla and Yoshitha Perera)


VIDEO by Lahiru Pothmulla

Pix by Kushan Pathiraja

  Comments - 10

  • Dez Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:36 AM

    He can visit this is a free country.

    Ammaa Tuesday, 22 July 2014 02:47 PM

    This is the onlr buddhist organisation that follow real buddhism

    Concerned Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:45 AM

    I totally agree with you.

    Ammaa Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:13 PM

    This is one and only Buddhist organization that follow real Buddhism,

    Rohan Wednesday, 23 July 2014 03:44 AM

    Hamuduruwane Its better you dont go outside from Sri Lanka for a while. We are afraid as we all know what has happened to Soma Hamuduruwo. via DM Android App

    Kasun Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:37 PM

    Oh really you provide religous activities as well...-P via DM Android App

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:26 AM

    He should be given Saudi Arabia permanent visa, then the whole SriLanka masses will support that move.

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:29 AM

    Is he worthy to even come to Colombo? Is he a decent person? How could the Australian Govt. permit a Terrorist to step into their Govt. Shame of this man to request a visa to Australia.

    Maanacika Rogaya Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:19 AM

    ai moko ayamath?

    Kamal Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:25 AM

    what they are trying to do? Australia tat aba saranai

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