Islamic money funds New Labour through front organisation

#1
Brown hit by new sleaze row over Labour funds

LABOUR is facing an official inquiry into an alleged front organisation, financed by millionaire Muslim businessmen, which has donated more than £300,000 to the party.

The electoral watchdog, which polices political funding, confirmed that it was investigating donations to Labour from a group called Muslim Friends of Labour. Its findings are expected to lead to a full-blown inquiry — the first potential sleaze probe to hit Labour since Gordon Brown became prime minister in June.

Imran Khand, a Glasgow-based entrepreneur, is revealed as a leading financial backer behind Muslim Friends, which funnelled £100,000 a month to Labour between March and June.

As his money is paid to Muslim Friends - rather than directly to the Labour party - his identity has until now remained secret. The Electoral Commission is probing whether Labour has broken laws on the disclosure of donations by hiding the true source of its financing.

Khand is a close associate of Mohammad Sarwar, the controversial Labour MP who chairs the organisation. Sarwar was embroiled in a vote-rigging scandal in the late 1990s which saw him suspended from the parliamentary Labour party. He was later cleared of the allegations in the High Court.

Khand has recently set up a series of companies with a Pakistani arms salesman and is also funding a British parliamentary inquiry into “tackling terrorism” via another organisation.

He has never been publicly named as a Labour donor although Muslim Friends has risen to become the party’s second most generous nontrade union benefactor. It is understood that most Labour Muslim MPs and peers are members.

Muslim Friends, which until recently gave only modest amounts, is set up as an “unincorporated association” which does not publish accounts or reveal the source of its funding. It is registered to a PO box address in south London.

Labour politicians have previously criticised the Conservatives for accepting money from a similar unincorporated association involving Robert Edmiston, a Midlands car dealer.

The watchdog said: “We have raised questions with the Labour party about these donations. We are looking into it. Inquiries are at a preliminary stage.”

Yesterday Sarwar, who is to step down at the next election, refused to reveal who funded the donations. “I will not name names. We have made a decision not to release the information. That is the decision of the board of Muslim Friends of Labour,” he said.

He added that the organisation was “very powerful” and was regularly consulted by ministers drawing up policies of interest to the Muslim community.

Another senior member of Muslim Friends disclosed that Khand was the leading benefactor. He revealed that Sarwar, himself a multi-millionaire, had also provided funding.

One leading Muslim Labour figure said: “I am staggered how much money they are giving suddenly. It started off in the wake of 2001 when Muslims were facing serious challenges, but now it seems to be Sarwar and his friends.”

Last week Khand refused to comment on his donations to Muslim Friends.

Yesterday, when asked to justify its decision to accept donations from Muslim Friends, the Labour party said it would take steps to ensure that donors to the group were made public.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2327904.ece
 
#3
wasn't sarwar's son charged with VAT fraud or some such like, and found with £800,000 plus under his matress? daddy knew nothing about this, and will fight these heinous allegations against his family, (with the best lawyers money can buy). :lol:
 
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low-profile said:
wasn't sxxxxx's son charged with VAT fraud or some such like, and found with £800,000 plus under his matress? daddy knew nothing about this, and will fight these heinous allegations against his family, (with the best lawyers money can buy). :lol:
Don't mean to be a party pooper or anything but true or not, in the absence of proof this is dangerously close to libel...MODS beware!!!
 
#5
Bit hard to be libellous when the VAT fraud was widely reported:
The son of Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar has been convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam involving imported mobile phones.
The Glasgow High Court heard that Athif Sarwar, 28 of Lynebank Place, Mearnskirk had handled thousands of pounds of money described as "criminal property", the BBC reports.
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/05/24/sarwar_money_laundering_carousel/


Son of millionaire MP Sarwar guilty of £850,000 money laundering scam
ARNOT MCWHINNIE
THE son of the millionaire businessman and Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar was yesterday convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam.
Sarwar's father, the MP for Govan, said to be worth £16 million, was in court for the verdict. Outside, he said his son would be appealing against the conviction.
He added: "I genuinely, sincerely and passionately believe my son has done nothing wrong. I am certain justice will win."



http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=811702007
 
#6
bumhole said:
Bit hard to be libellous when the VAT fraud was widely reported:
The son of Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar has been convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam involving imported mobile phones.
The Glasgow High Court heard that Athif Sarwar, 28 of Lynebank Place, Mearnskirk had handled thousands of pounds of money described as "criminal property", the BBC reports.
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/05/24/sarwar_money_laundering_carousel/


Son of millionaire MP Sarwar guilty of £850,000 money laundering scam
ARNOT MCWHINNIE
THE son of the millionaire businessman and Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar was yesterday convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam.
Sarwar's father, the MP for Govan, said to be worth £16 million, was in court for the verdict. Outside, he said his son would be appealing against the conviction.
He added: "I genuinely, sincerely and passionately believe my son has done nothing wrong. I am certain justice will win."



http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=811702007
Fair one...wasn't aware of that...
 
#8
quell suprie
arn't both the main political parties bank rolled by assorted sleaze bags and odd balls?
the torys had MR dodgy of Belize :evil:
 
#9
rictic said:
At least now we know why Labour does nothing to bring extremist Islam under control. Islam pays the bills.
To be fair, the sorts of ammounts of cash being talked about hear probably barely meet the interest bill on NuLabors borrowing so they are not exactly 'paying the bills' Equally Muslims do support other political parties too but as ever this shows the NuLabor is just as suspect in how it collects cash to fund it's activities as those it has criticised in the past. Nulabor has been shown since 1977 to be every bit as sleazy as the Tories despite their claims to be as pure as the driven snow. If one adds to that the cronyism they continue to display one really wonders why people even consider supporting this exclusive self help organisation.
 
#11
bumhole said:
Werent they selling off knighthoods at one time?????
Can I order a VC, DSM, OBE and KT? Who do I have to pay?
:D Any one flogging hooky ermin :?: Well two shags will not stand (if he can stand) for re election, seems he has got the message plus the pension and perks from his old racket. How can anyone trust Nu Labour. :x
 

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