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Board says sorry

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-12-31



The Board of Deputies has issued an apology to Islamic charity Interpal over claims it made two yeas ago in which it said the charity was a "terrorist organisation". This was despite an investigation by the UK Charity Commission which looked into Interpal and found no evidence of it funding terrorist activities.

In a statement on its website, the Board said:
In the item, we referred to “terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Interpal”.  We would like to make it clear that we should not have described Interpal in this way and we regret the upset and distress our item caused."
The Board's allegation was that money raised by the Palestinians relief agency was being used to support terrorist activates and has taken two years for both sides to reach an agreement.
"We are extremely pleased to have won such an important and long-running battle," Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of Interpal told the BBC.
"All that we ever wanted was an apology to clear the charity's name. We are glad that we can now put the Board of Deputies' attack upon the charity behind us and can focus our energies entirely upon Interpal's essential relief work."
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