UK Charity Commission Defends Muslim Aid Probe Results

The U.K. Charity Commission has refuted allegations it bypassed “plausible evidence” that links Muslim Aid with an organization proscribed under U.K. anti-terror laws.

The commission has cleared Muslim Aid of illegally financing Al-Ihsan Charitable Society, which is reportedly linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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“[The commission] has only been able to reach this verdict by completely ignoring the vast majority of the allegations made against Muslim Aid, and by redefining the single allegation it did choose to ‘investigate’ in a way which allowed it to exonerate the charity,” Andrew Gilligan, the Telegraph’s London editor, writes in a blog. “By its own admission, it did not even investigate seven out of the eight allegations which it now claims are ‘unsubstantiated.’”

A spokeswoman for the commission said the regulator required material evidence in the light of the nature of allegations against Muslim aid.

“Some of the material provided to the commission as evidence referred to decisions made by a US federal court, the US Attorney General and by the Israeli government,” the spokeswoman was quoted by Third Sector as saying. “Different countries are likely to have their own terrorism legislation and they are likely to hold their own sanctions lists relating to terrorist organisations and individuals. Whilst this may be the case, these country lists have no direct legal effect in the UK, unless the people or organisations on those lists are also designated or proscribed in the UK.”

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