Charity Commission proceeds with inquiry into charity linked to 7 July bombers

Regulator rejects request for review from group of former Iqra trustees

The Charity Commission has rejected an appeal against the opening of a formal inquiry into a charity that lists two of the 7 July London bombers 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 men who carried out suicide bombings on 7 July 2005.

Another of Iqra's trustees, Khalid Khaliq, was convicted in March of possessing material relating to Al-Qaida.

The commission opened an 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 some of the former trustees had requested a review of the regulator's decision to open the inquiry.

"The review, which was conducted by two commission board members, concluded that the decision had been a lawful, proportionate and reasonable decision properly taken," she said. The decision is challengeable in the charity tribunal.

The spokeswoman said the inquiry would examine "the extent to which the charity may have been used to facilitate terrorist, extremist or other inappropriate activities" and to make sure its property and funds were properly applied.

"Our inquiry will continue and we intend to publish a statement of the results when it is completed," she said. 

Iqra's entry on the register of charities lists its objects as the relief of poverty, overseas aid and religious activities. It says it operates in Leeds, Kirklees and Bradford.

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

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