Commission seeks answers from Islamic school

Helen Warrell

The Charity Commission has requested a meeting with the trustees of an Islamic educational trust after allegations that it was being used as a training ground for Muslim extremists.

The Jameah Islameyah school, which was searched by police on Saturday, is a charity for the advancement of Islamic religious studies and the promotion of the Islamic faith. The trust was registered with the commission under the name Jameatul-Uloum-Al-Islameyah in 1994, and opened as an independent school nine years later near Crowborough in East Sussex.

A spokesman for the commission confirmed that it was trying to arrange a meeting with trustees to discuss "the police action and other matters concerning the administration of the charity", and had been in close contact with law enforcement agencies since the raid on the charity's premises.

He added that the commission had had concerns about the charity before, arising from the trustees' failure to submit its accounts and statutory returns on time. Further questions were raised after an Ofsted report last December concluded that Jameah Islameyah "did not meet required standards for registration as an independent school".

At the time of going to press, the school's charity contact was unavailable for comment.

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