British probe launched on Bangladeshi terror camp

March 26th, 2009 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 26 (IANS) The body overseeing the running of charities in Britain has launched a probe and expressed serious concern after a terrorist camp in Bangladesh was reported to have been funded by a Britain-based charity.
“We are working with relevant law enforcement and other agencies to investigate the allegation that terrorist activity is connected with the charity,” said Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission.

“The matter is of serious concern to us, and we are taking this action given the gravity of the matter, the public interest and the need to protect charity work and funds. We intend, as is normal procedure, to publish a statement of the results of the inquiry setting out our findings once the inquiry is completed,” he added.

Bangladeshi security services said the Green Crescent orphanage and madrassa - Islamic seminary - on Bhola island was being used as a terrorist training camp.

Anti-terrorist police found explosives, bomb-making equipment, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, small arms, remote control devices, walkie-talkies, army uniforms and extremist literature in the madrassa.

The Green Crescent is a British-registered charity that was set up in 1998 by British and Bangladeshi students, according to its website, which says it has other projects in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The man heading the charity, Faisal Mosafa, is said to be a Stockport-based chemist who was given a suspended sentence for trying to board a plane at Manchester airport last year with a pistol in his suitcase.

He had been twice cleared of conspiring to cause explosions - in 1996 and 2002, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Bangladeshi security forces say they believe the Green Crescent seminar in Bhola island was used by the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned militant group.

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