Government criticised over ‘suppressed’ extremist report


A sway refusal to publish a report on the funding of UK Islamist extremist groups has been criticised.

The national secretary has issued a two-page summary which concluded most organisations were supported via small, anonymous British-based donations.

Amber Rudd said she had fixed to do so for national security reasons.

Opposition parties claimed the internal look over was being «suppressed» to protect Saudi Arabia which has been accused of being a documentation of funding.

The Home Office has been under pressure for months to proclaim its investigation into the «nature, scale and origin of the funding».

Ms Rudd divulged another reason for not making the report public was because of the personal info it contained.

Some MPs will be allowed to view the report in private but without revealing its contents.

Big-heartedness declaration

The summary of the report concluded that most extremist organisations got their fat, often hundreds of thousands of pounds, from individual donors in the UK.

But it also substantiated that a small minority did get significant funds from overseas. These, it suggested, taught «deeply conservative forms of Islam» to individuals who became «of extremist apprehension».

From now on, charities will have to declare any overseas funding to the Relief Commission.

The summary said: «The most common source of support for Islamist extremist organisations in the UK is from unprofound, anonymous public donations, with the majority of these donations most promising coming from UK-based individuals.

«In some cases these organisations be given hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.»

It added: «For a small number of organisations with which there are extremism apprehensions, overseas funding is a significant source of income.

«However, for the vast the greater part of extremist groups in the UK, overseas funding is not a significant source. Overseas bear has allowed individuals to study at institutions that teach deeply traditional forms of Islam and provide highly socially conservative literature and ministers to the UK’s Islamic institutions.

«Some of these individuals have since behoove of extremist concern.»

‘No clue’

The government’s refusal to publish the full report angered antagonist parties which accused ministers of trying to protect allies such as Saudi Arabia which has fancy been accused of being a source of extremist funding, something it has protracted denied.

The Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said there was a difficult complicity between Whitehall and Riyadh.

She said: «The statement gives to be sure no clue as to which countries foreign funding for extremism originates from — adieu to the government open to further allegations of refusing to expose the role of Saudi Arabian capital in terrorism in the UK.»

The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, said the government was putting its friendship with Saudi Arabia winning of its values.

He said: «What we want to know is who are the violent extremists and who are their funders.

«This narrate clearly has found some of that out and we’re bound to start suspecting all the more now that the beginnings of funding must be from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, in another situation the government wouldn’t be so embarrassed that they won’t tell us the truth.»

Dog home secretary Diane Abbott, said: «There is a strong shade this report is being suppressed to protect this government’s employment and diplomatic priorities, including in relation to Saudi Arabia. The only way to allay those suggestions is to publish the report in full.»

Cutting off the funding

The Home Office persisted diplomatic relations played no part in the decision not to make the full backfire public.

In a blog published on its website, the Home Office said: «The recent prime minister [David Cameron] was clear when committing to the criticize in the House that it would report to the home Secretary and prime charg daffaires.

No commitment was made to publish the review… Contrary to suggestions by some usual outlets, diplomatic relations played absolutely no part in the decision not to publicize the full report.»

The home secretary said: «This government is committed to imprint out extremism in all its forms and cutting off the funding that fuels it.

«The Commission for Counter-Extremism, which the prime agent announced earlier this year, will have a key role to affect cooperate in this fight.

«We are determined to cut off all funding that fuels the evils of extremism and terrorism, and purpose work closely with international and domestic partners to tackle this intimidation.»

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