It’s a bit of an awkward gift… Prince CharlesThe heir to the British crown has accepted a payment of one million pounds (1.21 million euros) from the bin Laden family to his foundation. The Sunday Times.
According to sources cited in the British newspaper article, many of Osama bin Laden’s advisers have pleaded with the foundation not to accept the payment from the wealthy family of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
A basement that is already under police investigation
Although members of the Saudi family who rejected Osama bin Laden are not suspected of possible guilt, the information heightens the attention surrounding the Prince Charles Foundation, which is under investigation by police launched in February.
The investigation aims to establish whether donations to the Prince Charles Foundation were awarded honorary degrees and used to support Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz’s naturalization claim.
The deal for a million-pound donation from Saudi family patriarch Bakr bin Laden (Osama’s half-brother) and his brother Shafiq began in 2013 during a meeting between Bakr bin Laden and Prince Charles in London. to do The Sunday Times. Trust chairman Ian Cheshire says the donation has been accepted by all five trustees.
The case began last year at Scotland Yard The 73-year-old heir to the British throne has splashed out. His former assistant valet Michael Fawcett, known to be close to Charles, is suspected of using his influence to help secure a decoration for Ben Mahfouz, a Saudi businessman who donated generously to charities associated with the British monarchy. Mr. denied any wrongdoing. Mahfooz is said to have donated large sums of money to the restoration projects. Michael Fawcett resigned in November 2021.
Doubts about the destination of some donations
Last November, the UK’s charities regulator launched an investigation into whether Saudi Arabia’s richest businessman’s Mahfouz Foundation had received donations for Prince Charles.
“The inquiry will examine whether some of the donations received by the Mahfooz Foundation were received for the institution, whether they were used as intended by the donors and whether they should be returned,” the commission explained at the time.
The Prince Charles Foundation, created in 1986, is not regulated by the Commission, but depends on the Scottish Regulator of Charities. The latter launched an investigation, but this time for several hundred thousand euros from a Russian donor.
bin Laden’s group, Founded by Osama bin Laden’s father in 1931, Saudi Arabia’s largest building empire has grown rich over the decades thanks to its closeness to the royal family. But he is now in debt.
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