Press release

Investigation launched into educational charity

Islamic Education and Research Academy under inquiry.

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The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry in to the charity Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) (registered charity number 1134566).

IERA’s objects are to advance the Islamic religion and, to educate the public in the ways of Islam and to promote and disseminate research into the Islamic faith. The charity is based in London.

The regulator says its inquiry is investigating concerns about the charity’s governance.

The inquiry was opened following a records inspection at the charity’s premises in January 2014. The regulator says that it identified a number of regulatory issues connected to the charity’s approach and policies for organising events and inviting external speakers and its associated records and documents.

The inquiry is examining the decision making of the trustee body, specifically its due diligence and monitoring of speakers, various payments to trustees and a former trustee and its relationship with the connected company, Islamic Education and Research Academy Limited.

Statutory inquiries are the regulator’s most serious type of engagement with charities. It is the Commission’s policy, after concluding an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the Commission are available on its website.

The Commission’s inquiry to IERA opened on 7 March 2014.

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Published 8 May 2014