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September 03, 2015

Land-Mine Charity Whose Board Angelina Jolie Resigned From Faces British Inquiry

Britain's charity regulator is evaluating a complaint about a payment by land-mine-clearance group the Halo Trust of more than $180,000 to two board members for leading an internal review of its governance, The Guardian reports. The Charity Commission inquiry comes amid reports in the British media that actress Angelina Jolie resigned as a trustee of the nonprofit last year over the payment to her then-colleagues.

The trust, which removes mines left over in conflict zones, has also been a favored cause of the late Princess Diana and her son, Prince Harry. The charity said the trustee payments were approved by its board and were appropriate for conducting the governance review during "a period of substantial change." Trust co-founder Guy Willoughby left the charity last year amid controversy over his use of organization funds to send his children to elite boarding schools.

The Charity Commission confirmed receiving a complaint about the payments and said it initially determined it could take no regulatory action. A spokesman said the watchdog agency is now reviewing its prior decision at the request of the complainant. The Guardian was awaiting a response Wednesday from a publicist for Ms. Jolie, an activist on refugee issues and other global causes.