Hunt for 'detained' British charity chief

Foreign Office to investigate reports that head of Islamic charity Green Crescent has been arrested in Bangladesh

The Foreign Office is investigating reports that security forces in Bangladesh have arrested the head of UK charity Green Crescent after it was linked to alleged terrorist activity.

Reports said Faisal Mostafa, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was detained along with a local aide at a house in Gazipur, 25 miles north of the capital Dhaka on 25 March. Police had reportedly discovered guns, ammunition and bomb-making equipment at an Islamic school supported by Green Crescent three days earlier.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said it was a "serious concern" but was unable to confirm the arrest.

Last month, the Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the Stockport-based charity, which was created by British and Bangladeshi students in 1998. It said the inquiry would focus on the extent of the charity's links with terrorist activity and "whether or not the charity, its funds or funds raised on its behalf were used unlawfully" (Third Sector Online, 26 March).

The regulator declined to comment on the latest developments and on claims that Mostafa had been suspended from his position as a charity trustee.

Third Sector was unable to contact anyone at Green Crescent for comment.

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