Trustees disqualified after they were unable to account for £1m of charitable funds


Five former trustees have been disqualified from senior charity positions after they were unable to account for £1m of charitable funds that was purportedly sent to Iraq.


The Charity Commission said it had concluded its statutory inquiry into the Orphan Relief Fund and Charitable Trust, which was registered in 1990 with objects of supporting young people in Iraq who had lost one or more of their parents.


A report on its inquiry into the charity, published by the regulator today, says it opened an investigation into the now-defunct organisation in 2017 after identifying serious concerns about its governance and financial management.


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