You may know the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils best for its former leader, Sheikh “Cat Meat” Hilaly who blamed Australian women for being raped by Muslim men.
The AFIC is the umbrella group for Australian Muslims consisting of local Islamic councils banded together into an Aussie Caliphate. Now the former AFIC President Ikebal Adam Patel, who called for Islamic law in Australia is in trouble, along with other Muslim leaders in Australia, for ripping off the government, which funds Muslim schools.
Now the investigation has gotten properly serious.
Ikebal Patel, the former president and current vice-president of AFIC and the assistant treasurer Ashraf Ali were suspended after an executive committee meeting on December 9, and an external auditor brought in to examine the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars of the organisation’s funds.
Mr Patel was also suspended from the boards of all AFIC schools pending an investigation into millions of dollars in funds being charged by AFIC to Muslim schools of which he was also a board member.
The Australian revealed AFIC had been wrongly charging Australia’s largest Muslim school, Malek Fahd in Sydney’s southwest, millions in “management fees” and backdated rent.
Mr Patel was the chairman of the board of directors of Malek Fahd and president of AFIC at the time the payments were made.
Malek Fahd received just under $20 million, or 80 per cent of its funding, from the commonwealth and state governments, including $5.1m from the Gillard government’s Building the Education Revolution funding for the construction of a school hall.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli eventually froze the school’s funding and forced it to repay $9m in state government funds given to the school.