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March 09, 2015

U.K. Charities End Funding for Group Linked to 'Jihadi John'

Two prominent British foundations have agreed to stop funding a controversial Muslim activist group with past ties to Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi, Reuters reports. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Roddick Foundation had drawn regulatory attention for their grants to Cage, leaders of which have blamed security services' scrutiny of Mr. Emwazi for radicalizing the Londoner who became known as "Jihadi John" after appearing in ISIS videos showing the beheading of hostages.

The two foundations collectively gave Cage about $650,000 between 2007 and 2014. Britain's Charity Commission opened an investigation, citing "heightened concerns about the use of charitable funds to support [Cage's] activities." In a statement, the Rowntree trust said it would no longer fund the Muslim organization, citing "regulatory pressure" and the need to protect the interests of its other grantees.