In connection with a fundraiser connected to the protest movement, one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter event that resulted in the destruction of Edward Colston’s statue has been accused of fraud.
Another co-founder of the All Black Lives Bristol organization, Xahra Saleem, 22, will appear before Bristol magistrates in January on two counts of fraud by abuse of position.
It comes after a protracted Avon and Somerset Police fraud inquiry into money that was allegedly taken from a crowdfunder that was first set up for the demo on June 7 in 2020. According to reports, money vanished from the BristBLM for Changing Your Mindset GoFundMe campaign, which was run by a youth organization in St. Paul’s.
The second count relates to a crowdfunder page, called Bristol Protestors Legal Fees, which raised money for people facing criminal proceedings in relation to protests in the city. Xahra Saleem – pictured next to the plinth where the Colston Statue stood. She now faces two charges of fraud Saleem describes herself as a co-founder of All Black Lives and a screenwriter. She was named among 30 of the most influential under-30s in Bristol by Rife Magazine last year.
In a statement provided to Bristol World, an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “A woman is due in court at the start of next year after the Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges following a fraud investigation.
“East London native Xahra Saleem, 22, is accused of two charges of fraud by abuse of position. She is scheduled to appear before Bristol Magistrates Court on January 3, 2023.
After the protest in 2020 that resulted in the destruction of the Colston statue, All Black Lives Bristol was founded. It was created to differentiate itself apart from an already-established Black Lives Matter organisation in Bristol.
Together with others who were not implicated in any criminal activity, Saleem co-founded the organization. Since last year, no new posts have been made to the group’s social media accounts, making it unclear if they are still active. All Black Lives UK has been approached by Bristol World for comment.