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Wapping E1W charity probed over Islamist extremism claims

By on February 18, 2015 in News, Tower Hamlets

Global Aid Trust (GAT), a charity based in Sovereign Close Wapping, is being investigated by the Charity Commission for promoting Islamist extremism as a result of an undercover investigation by ITV’s Exposure program.

 

The documentary ‘Exposure: Charities Behaving Badly’ is on ITV at 10.40pm on Wednesday 18 February.

Sign outside Global Aid Trust offices, Sovereign Close, Wapping E1W

Sign outside Global Aid Trust offices, Sovereign Close, Wapping E1W

 

‘Anti-semitic comments’

A video clip from the documentary is included in the report by the Daily Telegraph and provides some unsettling viewing as an external speaker, Dawan Man, is shown making a series of anti-Semitic comments to his audience during a GAT event on a Thames cruise.

Global Aid Trust states that the chief executive of the charity, Rizwan Hussein, has stepped down from his post and has apologised for the alleged comments.

No-one from GAT was available for comment at their headquarters at Sovereign Close when Love Wapping visited early this morning.

The office is quite tricky to find as it is right at the back of Sovereign Close and is more easily approached from Wapping Woods than Wapping Lane.

Exterior of Global Aid Trust offices, Sovereign Close, Wapping E1W

Exterior of Global Aid Trust offices, Sovereign Close, Wapping E1W

The Telegraph report also states that GAT is the subject of an ongoing fraud investigation by the National Terrorism Financial Investigation Unit.

Love Wapping could find no record of GAT being the recipient of any Tower Hamlets council third-sector grants in its database.

Should be interesting to watch Exposure: Charities Behaving Badly’ is on ITV at 10.40pm tonight Wednesday 18 February.

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