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* Sri Lanka's controversial Buddhist monk to visit Australia next week
Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 12:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 11, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist organization, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), controversial monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero will travel to Australia at the end of next month, sources close to BBS said.

He is to participate in meetings and religious functions in several cities of Australia.

Sources said that Gnanasara Thero has been granted visa to visit Australia.

However, the extremist monk was denied visa to visit the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo informed him last week that his visa has been suspended.

Earlier, he was rejected visa to visit France too, sources said.

Extremist Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero is accused of delivering hate speeches against minority Muslims and inciting communal clashes.

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