UK media reported last November that an Iranian-tied Center in the UK has received more than £100,000 by the British government’s job retention scheme. According to a report in TheTimes:
November 4, 2021 Figures lodged with Companies House last month show that the Islamic Centre of England received £109,476 from the coronavirus job retention scheme, as the government furlough grants were officially titled, despite long-running disputes with Tehran. The centre is a mosque and cultural office in a former cinema and bingo hall in Maida Vale, west London. It is a major centre for Shia Muslim worship, education and outreach. It also serves as an office for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, who has appointed its director, Seyed Hashem Moosavi, a mid-ranking cleric.
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Founded in December 1995, the Islamic Centre of England (ICEL) is part of the Iranian influence network in the UK. The Centre was headed until 2020 by Hujjat Al-Islam Mohammad Ali Shomali, who in 2016 received a letter of appreciation from the Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, in which he was titled The Respected Representative of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei. Leading figures connected to ICEL participate in pro-Iranian events such as the annual International Quds Day.
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