Worcester charity boss linked to masked gunmen

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A CHARITY leader from Worcester has been pictured with his arms around two masked gunmen in Syria, according to The Sun.

A photograph in the newspaper shows Adeel Ali of the charity Al-Fatiha Global sandwiched between two men with AK47 assault rifles, their faces obscured by a ski mask and scarf and both wearing military-style gear.

The charity has carried out aid work in Syria, Kashmir, Burma and Palestine but concerns were expressed in the tabloid about where donations were ending up. Meanwhile, the Charity Commission confirmed it is now monitoring the Worcester-based charity.

A spokesman for Worcester City Council confirmed that staff from Worcestershire Regulatory Services had identified former taxi driver Adniel Mumtaz Ali as being the man in The Sun photographs described as 'Adeel Ali' in The Sun. Mr Ali was identified by regulatory service staff as the same man from his passport photograph. The city council spokesman said Mr Ali was a taxi driver for Commandery Cars but his licence expired on January 3 and he had not renewed it.

She said: "They have seen a copy of his passport and recognised him as the same man as in The Sun photographs."

Your Worcester News made multiple attempts to contact Mr Ali of after the story appeared on the front page of The Sun newspaper. The newspaper article says the picture was taken last summer when Mr Ali accompanied an aid mission to the war-torn country.

We first emailed Worcester-based Al-Fatiha Global charity, asking for a statement about the article in The Sun and then called at the home of the charity's treasurer in Harrington Road, Dines Green, Worcester but he declined to comment. He said he would pass on the reporter's business card to someone at the charity who was handling press enquiries.

We then visited Mr Ali's home where a woman answering the door at an address in Yew Tree Close, off London Road, said Mr Ali was 'not in'. She was also given a card with reporter's contact details but no-one had made contact with us by the time your Worcester News went to press.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell of the all-party British Syria Parliamentary Group, demanded the immediate publication of the charity's accounts and said the charity had "questions to answer".

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is now monitoring the charity. A spokesman said in a statement: “The Commission has an ongoing monitoring case into the charity Al-Fatiha Global (registered charity number 1056562) and we continue to engage with the trustees regarding a number of issues including the governance and financial management of the charity."

In a statement, published separately on its website Michelle Russell, head of investigation and enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: "Sadly there will always be a risk that the high level of trust and confidence that the public have in charities may be abused by others for their own ends. There is a particular risk with the current situation that charities may be used to facilitate or disguise travel to Syria for purposes not connected with providing humanitarian aid."

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the media interest in this matter but it would be inappropriate for us to make any comment on it at this stage.

"However, in response to the media coverage we will be monitoring the situation to ensure there are no issues within the local community that require our involvement."

Worcester MP Robin Walker also declined to comment until matters have been investigated further.

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12:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gobialoo says...

The irony of such a press release, just before E.D.L. wish to march through worcester, quiet a timing I say. As for being sandwiched by two masked armed men, they could have been appointed to protect him, after all he is in a worn torn country where a British aid doctor was slaughtered by Assads henchmen.
The irony of such a press release, just before E.D.L. wish to march through worcester, quiet a timing I say. As for being sandwiched by two masked armed men, they could have been appointed to protect him, after all he is in a worn torn country where a British aid doctor was slaughtered by Assads henchmen. gobialoo
  • Score: -4

12:50pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

gobialoo wrote:
The irony of such a press release, just before E.D.L. wish to march through worcester, quiet a timing I say. As for being sandwiched by two masked armed men, they could have been appointed to protect him, after all he is in a worn torn country where a British aid doctor was slaughtered by Assads henchmen.
so your saying that the sun only released the story because the EDL want to march through worcester....and your also saying he has his arms around 2 men who are protecting him......ha ha....
[quote][p][bold]gobialoo[/bold] wrote: The irony of such a press release, just before E.D.L. wish to march through worcester, quiet a timing I say. As for being sandwiched by two masked armed men, they could have been appointed to protect him, after all he is in a worn torn country where a British aid doctor was slaughtered by Assads henchmen.[/p][/quote]so your saying that the sun only released the story because the EDL want to march through worcester....and your also saying he has his arms around 2 men who are protecting him......ha ha.... robbo1664
  • Score: 5

2:05pm Tue 18 Mar 14

malverndweller says...

Wow, this is such a shock, who would of thunk it ?
Wow, this is such a shock, who would of thunk it ? malverndweller
  • Score: -2

5:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

why have comments been deleted
why have comments been deleted robbo1664
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

lehig76 wrote:
postly wrote:
This is a big concern for Worcester people , the Sun article says he owns a local Worcester Coach company , i believe to be LMS on tolladine road , who obviously have local council and county council support . Are our bus fares supporting gun men in Syria ? Are our councils defacto supporting rebels in Syria ? This Coach company is within walking distance of the mercia regiment offices in pheasant street . What an insult to our troops, putting there lives at risk in foreign lands if their own city is supporting Al Qieda types.
There are so many wild assumptions in your ridiculous comment. Perhaps you should become a Worcester News reporter? Your awful spelling would also assist your application.
lehig76 please explain the wild assumptions in postlys comments
[quote][p][bold]lehig76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]postly[/bold] wrote: This is a big concern for Worcester people , the Sun article says he owns a local Worcester Coach company , i believe to be LMS on tolladine road , who obviously have local council and county council support . Are our bus fares supporting gun men in Syria ? Are our councils defacto supporting rebels in Syria ? This Coach company is within walking distance of the mercia regiment offices in pheasant street . What an insult to our troops, putting there lives at risk in foreign lands if their own city is supporting Al Qieda types.[/p][/quote]There are so many wild assumptions in your ridiculous comment. Perhaps you should become a Worcester News reporter? Your awful spelling would also assist your application.[/p][/quote]lehig76 please explain the wild assumptions in postlys comments robbo1664
  • Score: 7

6:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gobialoo says...

Your assuming the men sandwiching Mr Ali are Al Qaida because?
Your assuming the men sandwiching Mr Ali are Al Qaida because? gobialoo
  • Score: -1

6:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

masked gunmen with Ak47s are def not peace keeping troops from the UN
masked gunmen with Ak47s are def not peace keeping troops from the UN robbo1664
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gobialoo says...

Looks like talking to a brick wall, again vivid assumptions.
Looks like talking to a brick wall, again vivid assumptions. gobialoo
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7:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

gobialoo wrote:
Looks like talking to a brick wall, again vivid assumptions.
ok can u explain why he is being photographed with 2 masked gunmen with Ak47s
[quote][p][bold]gobialoo[/bold] wrote: Looks like talking to a brick wall, again vivid assumptions.[/p][/quote]ok can u explain why he is being photographed with 2 masked gunmen with Ak47s robbo1664
  • Score: 3

7:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

i went to Florida last year and got my photo taken with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck why wasn't my photo on the front of the Sun Newspaper....
i went to Florida last year and got my photo taken with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck why wasn't my photo on the front of the Sun Newspaper.... robbo1664
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gobialoo says...

No sir you made the assumption that the 2 men standing with Mr Ali were Al qaida, so you answer my question first, under what conclusion did you come to label those 2 men as Al Qaida and not security personal armed with a weapon which is most commonly used in that region?
No sir you made the assumption that the 2 men standing with Mr Ali were Al qaida, so you answer my question first, under what conclusion did you come to label those 2 men as Al Qaida and not security personal armed with a weapon which is most commonly used in that region? gobialoo
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

show me where i said they were Al qaida. i said masked gunmen....how many pictures have we seen of charity workers posing for a picture with 2 masked gunmen with Ak47s......none.....
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show me where i said they were Al qaida. i said masked gunmen....how many pictures have we seen of charity workers posing for a picture with 2 masked gunmen with Ak47s......none..... . robbo1664
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

Anyway once the investigations are over i am sure the Sun will print the truth lol.......has the Sun ever printed the truth.....lol
Anyway once the investigations are over i am sure the Sun will print the truth lol.......has the Sun ever printed the truth.....lol robbo1664
  • Score: 1

9:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

robbo1664 wrote:
i went to Florida last year and got my photo taken with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck why wasn't my photo on the front of the Sun Newspaper....
Mickey and Donald were not holding AK47's ???
[quote][p][bold]robbo1664[/bold] wrote: i went to Florida last year and got my photo taken with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck why wasn't my photo on the front of the Sun Newspaper....[/p][/quote]Mickey and Donald were not holding AK47's ??? Guy66
  • Score: 3

10:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

daffy says...

i'm sure someone told me that the the chap who owns lms also has a taxi company.
i'm sure someone told me that the the chap who owns lms also has a taxi company. daffy
  • Score: 5

6:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

daffy wrote:
i'm sure someone told me that the the chap who owns lms also has a taxi company.
true....
[quote][p][bold]daffy[/bold] wrote: i'm sure someone told me that the the chap who owns lms also has a taxi company.[/p][/quote]true.... robbo1664
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

arshad hussain says...

wonder why people are getting their knickers in a twist over this, as I recall British special forces including an old school friend of mine( who is in the SAS) have been training Syrian rebels since 2011-2012 if not before, more so after the Arab spring started. Frankly speaking the sun newspaper is not fit to wipe ones backside with, this is the same sick newspaper which hacked into a dead child's answer phone (Milly dowler) while printing heartbreaking 'exclusives'........

..last time I checked it is not an offence to take 'selfies' or photos with balaclava wearing men, whether in Turkey or not. The charities accountant/trustee has been open and transparent....what'

Is the problem?? Worcester news should avoid parroting the sun and sensationalising non existent fabricated gutter tabloid journalism.........
wonder why people are getting their knickers in a twist over this, as I recall British special forces including an old school friend of mine( who is in the SAS) have been training Syrian rebels since 2011-2012 if not before, more so after the Arab spring started. Frankly speaking the sun newspaper is not fit to wipe ones backside with, this is the same sick newspaper which hacked into a dead child's answer phone (Milly dowler) while printing heartbreaking 'exclusives'........ ..last time I checked it is not an offence to take 'selfies' or photos with balaclava wearing men, whether in Turkey or not. The charities accountant/trustee has been open and transparent....what' Is the problem?? Worcester news should avoid parroting the sun and sensationalising non existent fabricated gutter tabloid journalism......... arshad hussain
  • Score: 1

6:44am Thu 20 Mar 14

robbo1664 says...

i think you will find it is an offence for british muslims to associate themselves with terrorists in foreign countries.....thats why there being arrested when they return to the uk.....
i think you will find it is an offence for british muslims to associate themselves with terrorists in foreign countries.....thats why there being arrested when they return to the uk..... robbo1664
  • Score: -1

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