Delisted individuals and organisations face being banned again if financing of terrorism resumes, the Ministry of Defence stated.
According to the blacklisting and delisting of persons, 577 individuals and 18 organisations were blacklisted in the year 2021 for financing terrorism under the United Nations Regulation No. 01 of 2012.
After a series of discussions and careful study conducted at the Ministry of Defence by a Committee consisting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney General’s Department, key Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcing Agencies, and Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, and based on reports and evidence with regard to the financing of terrorism by individuals and organisations, recommendations were submitted for the listing and delisting.
Accordingly, among the aforesaid 577 individuals and 18 organisations, a decision was made to delist 316 individuals and 6 organisations since they are no longer continuing to fund terrorist activities.
Furthermore, it has been decided to blacklist 55 individuals and 3 organisations recently recognised as active in financing terrorism during the period.
Thus, forwarding the recommendation of the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 29, 2022 for their consent, 316 individuals and 15 organisations were blacklisted on August 01, 2022 by Extraordinary Gazette No. 2291/02.
Such inclusions and exclusions of blacklisted individuals and organisations are routinely carried out by relevant Authorities after observation and careful study over a continuous period of time.