Founder of Africa Aids Action Eyob Sellassie denies two counts of fraud

The trial of Sellassie, from Rainham in Essex, began at the Central Criminal Court last week

Eyob Sellassie
Eyob Sellassie

The founder of the now-defunct charity Africa Aids Action has denied two counts of fraud in a trial at the Old Bailey.

Eyob Sellassie, from Rainham in Essex, is accused of two counts of fraud by false representation in a trial that started last week at the Central Criminal Court.

Media outlets reported that Sellassie had been charged with having invented more than £400,000 of donations to the charity in order to claim £100,000 of Gift Aid.

Sellassie was the founder and chair of the charity, which registered with the commission in 2001 and had objects of the "relief of sickness of people suffering from HIV", in Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere.

The charity was removed from the commission’s register in 2013.

The trial is due to finish early next week.

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