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July 27, 2015

Pressure on Donors to U.K. Muslim Group Under Court Review

Britain's High Court has ordered a judicial review of whether the country's charity regulator overstepped its authority by asking two foundations to stop funding a Muslim advocacy group with past ties to a suspected Islamic State militant, The Guardian reports. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Roddick Foundation pledged in March to no longer make grants to Cage under pressure from the U.K. Charity Commission.

Cage came under fire after its leaders suggested harassment by British security services had radicalized Mohammed Emwazi, a Londoner believed to be have appeared in Islamic State execution videos. The Muslim group, which had contact with Mr. Emwazi before he was publicly as the IS figure known as "Jihadi John," sought court action, arguing that the commission's intervention with donors exceeded its legal powers. The High Court granted Cage's application Thursday and the case is set to heard later this year.