Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Charity Commission Investigates UK Charity with Alleged Terrorists Ties


In another apparent case of wolves in sheep's clothing, the European press is abuzz about a UK nonprofit's connection to a "cache of weapons" found at an Islamic school and orphanage last week.  Bloomberg news reports that:

The Charity Commission is working with law enforcement agencies “to investigate the allegation that terrorist activity is connected” with Green Crescent Bangladesh U.K., Chief Executive Andrew Hind said in a statement. Firearms, bomb-making equipment and bullets were found in the southern coastal district of Bhola earlier this week, the BBC reported. Bangladeshi officials have described the premises as a “mini-ordnance factory” and said the compound, located on a river island only accessible by a drawbridge, was being used for militant training. Green Crescent, based in Stockport, northwest England, was created in 1998 by students from the U.K. and Bangladesh and concentrates on education and health projects, according to its Web site. There was no immediate response from the charity today after Bloomberg News e-mailed seeking comment and left a voice message on a mobile phone outside of working hours. Bangladesh authorities have long viewed religious schools as potential recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists.  

For further reporting on this story, see here and here.



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