7 July bombers were charity trustees

Charity Commission to investigate Iqra, a Yorkshire-based religious, poverty relief and overseas aid charity

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a charity that includes two of the men who carried out suicide bombings in London on 7 July 2005 among its former trustees.

Iqra was registered in 2003 but has not submitted any accounts or trustees' annual reports. Among its former trustees were Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, two of the four bombers. Another of Iqra's trustees, Khalid Khaliq, was convicted in March of possessing material relating to Al-Qaida.

The commission opened its inquiry on 29 April after Iqra trustee Sadeer Saleem and former trustee Waheed Ali (also known as Shipon Ullah) were acquitted of involvement in the bombings. The latter was, however, convicted of attending a terrorist training camp.

A commission spokeswoman said the inquiry would examine to what extent the charity had been used to "facilitate terrorist, extremist or other inappropriate activities". The commission would also "seek to secure the proper application of the property owned and money held by the charity", she said.

Although the commission had waited until the end of criminal proceedings to open its own inquiry, said the spokeswoman, it had been "liaising with relevant agencies and monitoring the situation" for some time.

The register of charities lists relief of poverty, overseas aid and religious activities among the objects of Iqra, which is said to operate in Leeds, Kirklees and Bradford. It lists only one trustee, but the commission spokeswoman said that was because the other seven people listed on a trustee update form submitted in 2004 did not provide their dates of birth.

"It was our policy at that time not to update the names of trustees if all the required details were not submitted to us," she said. "We have not received any further trustee update forms after this."

Third Sector was unable to contact anyone from Iqra for comment.

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