British charities warned after assets found in terrorists’ possession

Gunpowder plot, public domain

The third sector got a stern warning from the Charity Commission on Wednesday after banned terrorist outfits laid hands on goods and funds belonging to British charities.

A statement from the commission reminded charities and those working in the third sector that they are obliged to report suspected terrorist funding offences during the course of their work, following a “small number of recent cases” in which charity assets were lost to terrorists.

“The commission is alert to the risks charities and their staff face when working in unstable and dangerous countries and locations and recognises the potential risk of loss to terrorist groups,” the statement read.

“It is for this reason that all charities working in areas where there is a risk of terrorism need to assess and manage the risks whilst always acting reasonably and in the best interests of their charity.”

According to the commission, an investigation by Counter Terrorism Command into the recent cases found “there was no indication that the charities involved had knowingly allowed their assets to be used for terrorism.

“However, whilst the charities had their own policies and procedures for reporting such incidents and losses internally, these did not include reporting such instances to a ‘constable’ in accordance with section 19 of TACT [the Terrorism Act 2000].”

In one instance an apparent offence was identified by Counter Terrorism Command because of a delay in reporting the incident to the police, but the unit took the view that it was not in the “public interest” to prosecute, an assessment the Crown Prosecution Service agreed with.

Charity staff and volunteers are obliged to report such incidents as soon as possible to police and the Charity Commission, and charities should train staff and put in place policies to facilitate such reporting.

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Podcast (Ep.9): #GOPdebate, Kids Company and Nagasaki Anniversary

Donald Trump Sr. at Citizens United Freedom Summit in Greenville South Carolina May 2015 by Michael Vadon

Another week, another Right Dishonourable podcast, in which Jimmy and Jazza scrub up on the week’s news and attempt to embarrass themselves as little as possible over the course of an hour.

This time round we have the return of our favourite American politician, outlandish and questionably-coiffed reality TV star and occasional businessman Donald Trump, as he attempted to derail the Republican Party debates on Fox News. Did he succeed? Will his antics ensure Hillary Clinton makes it to the White House? And just what is his attitude to women?

Next up we cover the collapse of Kids Company, a charity dedicated towards vulnerable children that closed its doors last week after running out of money. We discuss the role of chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh, allegations of mismanagement and what it means for prime minister David Cameron’s “Big Society” vision.

Lastly, on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we discuss the role of nuclear weapons in modern geopolitics. Along the way we cover Japan’s seeming departure from post-World War Two pacifism, as well as tensions in the South and East China Seas.

Header Image – Donald Trump Sr. at Citizens United Freedom Summit, May 2015 by Michael Vadon