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Saturday, 8 October, 2011, 4:40 ( 2:40 GMT )
Charity Commission Vindicates Muslim Aid
19/12/2010 19:54:00
The UK Charity Commission has today vindicated Muslim Aid's position that it did not unlawfully fund the Al-Ihsan Charitable Society. The Commission also confirmed that within the scope of its investigation it found no evidence of irregular or improper use of the charity's funds or any evidence that the charity had illegally funded any
proscribed or designated entities.

The Charity Commission's investigation had been prompted by defamatory articles published by the Daily Telegraph and its sister paper, the Sunday Telegraph, earlier in the year.

A Press Release issued by the Commission on its website further states that "by the publishing of this report the Commission has given a public assurance that public allegations of links between the charity and terrorism in relation to the Al-Ihsan Charitable Society are unsubstantiated. The Commission has also provided regulatory
advice and guidance to the trustees to further strengthen the way in which the charity's due diligence and monitoring procedures are applied and recorded."

Commenting on the Commission's Report, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, expressed his satisfaction with the process of the investigation and its final conclusions. He said: "We are immensely grateful to our supporters and partners across the world for their steadfast trust in
the integrity of the Charity and the belief that Muslim Aid complies fully with the national laws, including counter-terrorism laws."

"Muslim Aid looks forward to working with the Charity Commission to ensure that the issues that relate to the wider charity sector in the Report are also fully addressed by Muslim Aid, including updating our Governing Document and strengthening our record keeping and filing procedures", he added.
 
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