Police investigate dishonesty claims at Ethnic Minority Association

Now it has emerged that a Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund report into the spending of £8.4 million in public funding has been passed to the police. Awema’s main role was to promote equality across Wales by distributing funds to ethnic minority projects.

Police have said they will investigate a scandal-hit race relations charity.

In recent weeks, the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (Awema) has been dogged by allegations of financial mismanagement following the publication of two highly critical reports.

It is claimed chairman Naz Malik had used Awema’s funds in “an inappropriate way” by using them to pay off credit card debts of more than £9,000 as well as giving himself and his daughter unauthorised pay increases.

Mr Malik and finance director Saquib Zia were sacked earlier this month, and Awema’s public funding was withdrawn by the Welsh Government.


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