UK Absolves Muslim Aid of Funding Group Linked with Terrorism

    A member of Muslim Aid staff at a refugee camp in Gaza. Photo by: Muslim Aid

    The British Charity Commission has cleared Muslim Aid of illegally financing an organization reportedly linked with terrorism.  

    Muslim Aid, a U.K.-based international relief agency, has been accused of financing the Al-Ihsan Charitable Society, which, in June 2005, was designated the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2001. The designation makes providing funding to the group without license from Her Majesty’s Treasury illegal.

    An investigation by the Charity Commission found that Muslim Aid never paid out some 13,998 pounds (USD21,759) it had originally earmarked for the Al-Ihsan Charitable Society after the financial sanctions were imposed against the latter, Third Sector reports.

    Muslim Aid has been working for more than 20 years in 70 of the world’s poorest countries.

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      Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.