Commission discharges interim manager of Al-Fatiha Global but inquiry continues

The Islamic aid charity has not yet been "given a clean bill of health", says the Charity Commission

Al-Fatiha Global
Al-Fatiha Global

The Charity Commission has discharged the interim manager from the Islamic aid charity Al-Fatiha Global, but said its inquiry into it was ongoing.

The commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in March 2014 to examine governance issues surrounding its finances and board structure and to investigate allegations of links between the charity and individuals purportedly involved in supporting armed activities in Syria.

In December 2014, the commission appointed Michael King, charities and enterprise consultant at the solicitors Stone King, to work with trustees to resolve the governance issues. King told Third Sector that he had fulfilled his remit and was no longer responsible for the management of the charity. He added that the statutory inquiry was still open.

King said: "The charity is now properly managed, having come from circumstances where it was not properly managed 12 months ago."

King had been asked by the commission to increase the number of trustees to enable the charity to operate within its constitution and to put in place policies and procedures surrounding due diligence, monitoring and selection of the charity’s operational partners and the conduct of its work overseas.

He said: "The Charity Commission has further questions but they are nothing do with anything that ever came across my desk."

The charity, which was registered in 1996, had an income of £481,416 in the year to 31 December 2014 and spent £763,300. It had an income of £1,222,278 and spent £469,426 in the year before.

A spokesman for AFG thanked King for his support. He said: "We also wish to thank the Charity Commission for the care and consideration it exercised in selecting an interim manager that was simply ideal for us.

"As a result of the support offered by Stone King and the Charity Commission we have developed considerable expertise in this area and for this we are very grateful."

But a commission spokeswoman said in a statement: "We have not given the charity a clean bill of health.

"The interim manager of has been discharged because he has fulfilled the remit of his appointment.  Our inquiry remains ongoing and our findings and conclusions will be set out in the report we publish upon its conclusion."

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