Regulator appoints interim manager at east London mosque

A member of the Ripple Road Mosque in Barking, Essex, was jailed in March for terrorism offences, and now the Charity Commission has given a lawyer the task of overseeing implementation of safeguarding procedures

The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to oversee safeguarding functions at a mosque after one of its members was jailed for life for terrorism offences.

Umar Ahmed Haque, 26, from east London, was told in March that he must serve a minimum sentence of 25 years in jail for terrorism offences, including trying to radicalise children while working as an administrator at an after-school madrasa at the Ripple Road Mosque in Barking, Essex.

The mosque is run by the Essex Islamic Academy, into which the commission announced a statutory inquiry after Haque’s conviction.

The regulator said today that it had been examining how Haque was able to attempt to radicalise children through the charity and what its trustees and others knew about this.

It said it was also looking into the level of supervision and oversight the charity had over Haque and its adherence to safeguarding policies and procedures.

The commission said it had appointed Jonathan Burchfield of the law firm Stone King as interim manager to implement safeguarding procedures and ensure that all of the charity’s trustees, staff and relevant volunteers had understood safeguarding procedures and carried out appropriate training.

He will also review the charity’s governing document and its financial controls and policies.

But the charity’s trustees will retain control over the day-to-day running of the charity.

Essex Islamic Academy had an income of £150,920 in the year to 5 April 2017.

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