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Money returned by Islamic group

Osama Saeed. SNP photo
Parliamentary candidate Osama Saeed set up the foundation

An Islamic organisation funded by the Scottish government has had to return more than half the public money given to it.

The Scottish-Islamic Foundation, set up by Osama Saeed, the SNP's parliamentary candidate for Glasgow Central, was awarded £200,000 to run Islamfest.

It was aimed at promoting links between Scotland and the Muslim community.

But the event, due to take place last Spring, has now been postponed until next year.

Organisers have repaid almost £130,000 and said the remaining £70,000 has been spent on setting up the event and securing partners.



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