Sri Lanka defends $1m custom charges on aid charity

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Following reports in the Daily Telegraph (UK) newspaper that Sri Lankan customs refused to give tax exemptions to non-governmental organisations helping in the aftermath of the disaster, Sri Lanka’s government has defended the $1m customs duty it charged the charity Oxfam.for bringing in 25 off-road vehicles for tsunami aid work

The British charity told the newspaper that it abided by the laws of the countries it works in, “including tax laws”, but an Oxfam spokesman also said that the charity would talk to the finance ministry to try to get its money back.

Talking the BBC News website, Sri Lanka