British charities found funneling cash to extremist groups
William Shawcross - REUTERS

LONDON, England: The British Charity Commission said it will come down hard on charities found funneling cash to extremist groups, Sky News reported Sunday.
Chairman of the commission William Shawcross said the commission was taking tough measures against any charity that was “sending cash to extremist groups in Syria” or “dispatching young Britons for training in Syria by al-Qaeda or other extremist groups”.

Shawcross said Islamist extremism is the “most deadly” problem charities face.

“I’m sure that in places like Syria and Somalia it is very, very difficult for agencies always to know what the end use of their aid is, but they’ve got to be particularly vigilant,” he said.

Shawcross, who took on the role at the Charity Commission in October 2012, said it was “ludicrous” that people with convictions for terrorism or money laundering were not automatically disqualified from setting up charities or becoming trustees.

In February the watchdog was condemned as “feeble” and “not fit for purpose” following an investigation by MPs into its performance.

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