Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Charity Commission has cleared George Galloway’s Viva Palestina appeal of having links to Hamas, but has criticised several aspects of the way it has been run. Last year, the Charity Commission opened an inquiry following concerns over the financial governance of £1m that the appeal said it had raised for aid in Gaza. The Commission today said it found no evidence that the charity’s property or money was provided to Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU, with Galloway confirming he had handed over £25,000 in cash to Hamas but been very clear that it was ‘personal money’ rather than the charity’s.
For the full text of the article describing the Charity Commission's action see here.