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Watchdog to probe trustees of 1st Knight Military Charity

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Media captionSecret filming uncovers charity shop's anti-Islamic stock

The trustees of a military charity found selling Nazi-themed and anti-Islamic goods are to be investigated by a watchdog.

Their conduct is one of a series of issues that will be examined by The Charity Commission in its inquiry into 1st Knight Military Charity.

BBC Scotland secretly filmed the charity's founder selling T-shirts emblazoned with offensive messages.

Andy Linihan also sold badges alluding to the shooting of suicide bombers.

The Charity Commission announced it had launched an investigation shortly after the BBC documentary, The Great Military Charity Scandal, was broadcast earlier this month.

The programme revealed the charity was selling Nazi-themed T-shirts and hooded jumpers, some emblazoned with neo-Nazi emblems.

Image caption The charity was found to be selling Nazi-themed merchandise
Image caption Anti-Islamic themed clothing was also sold by the military charity

Velcro badges, designed to be placed on uniforms or baseball caps, featured a picture of an assault rifle and the words '72 Virgins Express'.

The Charity Commission has now outlined the issues that will be examined by the inquiry:

  • administration, governance and management of the charity by the trustees;
  • conduct of the trustees;
  • financial controls of the management of the charity;
  • whether or not the trustees have and continue to comply with and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities as trustees under charity law.

Mr Linihan said he accepted the items filmed by the BBC were "products which ought not to be sold by the charity".

He added: "As a result of your visit, we have withdrawn the products from the shop and removed them from the internet."

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