Canada: Islamic charity suspended for funding militants

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A leading Canadian Muslim charity has been suspended and fined for sending USD 136,000 to a group allegedly linked to armed militants in Kashmir, where militants fight Indian troops, according to media reports.

Canada Revenue Agency said that it had suspended the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year starting September 12 and ordered the charity to pay a USD 550,000 fine, Canada’s Global News reported on Monday.

The CRA audit documents obtained by the media outlet alleged that between 2007 and 2009, ISNA-Canada “gifted” USD 90,000 to the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM).

The CRA described the ROKM as the “charitable arm” of Jamat-e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamist Political party whose armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, is listed as a terrorist group in India, Europe and United States.

Canada did not revoke the group’s charity status but required the group to cease its overseas operations, according to the report.

The group, however, has denied any wrongdoing.


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