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Quake Aid May Have Funded Plane Bomb Plot

From the UK's Times:

Quake aid 'is linked to terror suspects'

August 19, 2006
By Dominic Kennedy, Chiade O’Shea and Hannah Devlin

The Pakistan earthquake appeal has emerged as a potential link between some of the terror suspects arrested over the alleged plot to destroy transatlantic aircraft using liquid bombs, The Times has learnt.

A charity founded to help orphans and disaster victims provides a connection between some individuals being questioned by police on suspicion of plotting “unimaginable mass murder”.

Crescent Relief London was created by Abdul Rauf, from Birmingham. Two of his sons were arrested as part of the bombing inquiry and are among the 23 suspects still being held by police after the alleged attempt to bomb planes flying between London and the United States.

The Charity Commission is looking at reports of links between several British charities and the alleged bomb plot. The public gave £30 million [$56.5 million] for earthquake relief, much of it raised in mosques and donated to locally based charities.

The discovery came as the BBC reported last night that, according to sources, martyrdom videos had been discovered on at least six laptops during searches by police investigating the alleged plot

The charity Crescent Relief was operating in High Wycombe when all five suspects from the Buckinghamshire town were enthusiastically helping with the earthquake relief effort, The Times has established.

A thousand tents were sent by High Wycombe to Pakistan through Crescent Relief London. An article in the Bucks Free Press said readers wishing to donate to that organisation should contact Khuram Ali and gave a mobile phone number. Mr Ali is one of the five High Wycombe suspects being held by police.

The mobile number is now obsolete but it was previously used to advertise a salvaged Mercedes from High Wycombe on the eBay auction website. Mr Ali is a self-employed car dealer…

Crescent Relief London, based in East London, may fill a gap, creating a possible association between suspects from Birmingham and High Wycombe. The charity, which raises £89,000 a year, was founded by Abdul Rauf in 2000. He left the board of trustees in 2001.

Rashid Rauf, 25, has been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the alleged terror plot. The British High Commission in Islamabad has discovered that he is a dual UK/Pakistan national, which may complicate attempts to extradite him to Britain. Another son Tayib, 22, was seized from the family home in Ward End, Birmingham…

“All these brothers are very good brothers. When the earthquake happened they all did charity work but it’s not for me to say which charity they were working for . . . All these guys who have been arrested, I think it’s a matter of time before they are exonerated.” …

A former director, Mohammed Najib Ansari, has said that £100,000 was sent to Pakistan for earthquake relief and he doubted that the money had been diverted. Ghazanfer Ali, a current director, told The Times that Mr Rauf was “no longer with” the charity…

What is it with these Muslim "charities"?

When was the last time you heard about the American Red Cross being involved in terrorism?

But then again, Cindy Sheehan has a 501c3 "charity."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, August 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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