Barn­abas Fund leader to face sex­ual as­sault charges

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PATRICK SOOKHDEO, in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tor of the Barn­abas Fund, is to be charged with sex­ual as­sault. He was ar­rested on the sus­pi­cion of as­sault on a woman in March and po­lice have con­firmed that he will ap­pear in Swin­don mag­is­trates’ court this month.

A spokesman for the Char­ity Com­mis­sion said there had been con­tact with the Barn­abas Fund to see what was be­ing done by the char­ity to man­age this ‘se­ri­ous’ sit­u­a­tion.

Any de­ci­sion to sus­pend Mr Sookhdeo is a de­ci­sion for the char­ity it­self. Mr Sookhdeo strongly de­nies the al­le­ga­tions made against him and is co­op­er­at­ing with the au­thor­i­ties.

A spokesper­son for Barn­abas Fund UK, said: “We are aware of the ar­ti­cle about Dr Sookhdeo in The In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per. Dr Sookhdeo strongly de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

“Our pol­icy is to deal with mat­ters such as this in a con­fi­den­tial and dis­creet man­ner, for the pro­tec­tion of all those in­volved and to al­low jus­tice to take its course. Barn­abas Fund UK is un­able to pro­vide any additional in­for­ma­tion about the com­plainant in this case.”

The char­ity says the team at Barn­abas Fund is com­mit­ted through this ‘chal­leng­ing’ time to con­tinue serv­ing their broth­ers and sis­ters in the 60 coun­tries it works in.

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