At one point, Saleem claimed that Black Lives Matter had advised her not to transfer the money to the charity, The Guardian reported. She made other excuses but finally admitted the money was gone. Saleem claimed to suffer from psychosis, “which stopped her from thinking rationally,” the BBC reported. Judge Michael Longman said Saleem victimized the donors, her fellow charity workers and the young people who would have benefited from BLM’s work. In a victim impact statement, an associate who had helped Saleem organize the BLM protest in Bristol described the hurt and disappointment she and others experienced over the incident, according to The Guardian. That associate, Rebecca Scott, said the workers were “blown away” by the amount raised and said, “This felt like our chance to really have an impact.” The Guardian reported that Scott said she and other directors “were made to feel ‘complicit’ in what had happened,” which led to the decision to close Changing Your Mindset. One young person the charity had been helping later died, causing another director of the organization to speculate, “We could have been the people who saved that young person’s life.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Xahra Saleem helped organise the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol. She went on to defraud the public of £30,000 in donations for her BLM cause.She spent the money on rent, ubers, hair & beauty appointments. Bristol Crown Court jailed for two-and-a-half years. pic.twitter.com/5rJl6DPxSH — David Atherton (@DaveAtherton20) October 31, 2023