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MCSL Press Release on the statement made by BBS on Drug Issue

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MCSL Letter to the Secretary of Defense

06th September 2013

PRESS RELEASE

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka vehemently refutes the blatant lies and canard spread against the Muslim Community by the Bodu Bala Sena at their press conference held on the 3rd September 2013.

Alcohol, narcotics or any form of intoxicants are totally prohibited in Islam and Muslims cannot engage in any activity related to them. Any Muslim involved in these activities cannot be considered to be following the teachings of Islam. We urge the enforcement authorities to take the strictest possible recourse and punish with the full force of the law any persons involved in destroying the social fabric of society by indulging in trafficking, distributing or trading in any form of narcotics irrespective of their religious belief.

The recent detection of a large haul of Heroin at the Colombo Port has been confirmed by the relevant authorities to be a consignment imported by International drug traffickers and Sri Lanka has been used only as a transit point. Leveling charges against the Muslim community of being part of this criminal act tantamount to inciting hate which can lead to violence against the Muslim community.

Further, a number of other allegations in this press conference including forced contraception of Sinhala women, aborting unborn children, killing children etc. are serious criminal charges, which carry severe penalties. We urge the relevant authorities to conduct an impartial inquiry immediately on these allegations. Meanwhile, we also urge the government and law enforcement authorities to take action against the Bodu Bala Sena for this hate mongering.......

 

Their recent attempt to imply that the speech made by the Defense Secretary Mr Gotabaya Rajapakshe at the Defense conference as confirmation of their rhetoric on Islamic extremism is preposterous. The Defense Secretary clearly implied that Buddhist extremism is compounding the threat of extremism from foreign countries.

It is regrettable that Bodu Bala Sena continues to spew such venom and hate against other human beings. The lies spewed out at press conferences and public meetings by such groups need to be checked immediately.

We call upon the Government and law enforcement authorities to reign in these groups spreading hate towards the Muslim and other minority communities.

N M Ameen

President – MCSL

 

 

 

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