Charity behind British mosque that 'encouraged terrorism' is officially ...

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A charity which ran a British mosque has been dissolved after it allowed a radical Imam to tell three-year-old children martyrdom is better than school and give sermons in front of an Islamic state flag.

The Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust was closed for 'facilitating terrorism' by the Charity Commission and its trustees Fazal Ellahi and his son Isbar were banned from running a charity in future.

It comes after radical Imam Kamran Hussian was allowed to speak at its mosque in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, over a period of four months in 2016.

He was jailed for six-and-a-half years in 2017 after being convicted of six charges of encouraging terrorism and two of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, namely Islamic state. 

An inquiry, opened by the commission last year, said the trustees 'failed to properly manage, administer and protect the trust and its resources, resulting in it being used to facilitate terrorism offences'.

It was also found the trust did not have a viable future leading to its dissolution with £132,000 funds split between five charities in Stoke-on-Trent which have similar objectives. 

The Charity Commission's director of investigations, Michelle Russell, said what happened was 'unacceptable' and a 'clear failing on the part of the charity's trustees as its custodians'. 

'Our actions will reassure the public that abuse of this kind will not be tolerated.

'While instances of abuse of charities for terrorism are rare, such links undermine public trust and confidence in charities, and the vital work that charities do. It is right that those responsible have been held to account for their actions.'

The Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust was set up in 2003 with the aim of 'educating all people, particularly children and young people, in the Muslim religion and Urdu language and the advancement of the Muslim religion through collective prayer meetings and otherwise'.

As part of the investigation, the Charity Commission carried out an unannounced visit and

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