Charitable funds used to buy night vision equipment for convicted terrorist
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Charitable funds used to buy night vision equipment for convicted terrorist

28 Jul 2016 | Kirsty Weakley

The Charity Commission has removed a convicted terrorist as a trustee and transferred money he raised to two other charities, according to an inquiry report published today.

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Clare Gilhooly, Cambridge House chief executive

London-based community development charity Cambridge House has taken possession of the electronic data of 48 clients of the wound-up outsourcing company Charity Business.

Sam Younger, chief executive of the Charity Commission

Opening a statutory inquiry into a charity will be very much a last resort for the newly-slimmed-down Charity Commission and will be reserved for the most serious of cases such as those involving fraud, terrorist activity, or risk to vulnerable beneficiaries.




Charity Business owner is also manager of one of its client charities

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Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

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