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Awema race charity in 'substantial loss to public purse'

The winding up of a race equality charity cost the Welsh government hundreds of thousands of pounds, its top civil servant has said.

Swansea-based Awema had its public funding stopped and closed in February 2012 following claims of financial mismanagement.

Chief executive Naz Malik was later charged with fraud but cleared after a trial in 2014.

Sir Derek Jones told the assembly's public accounts committee - chaired by Darren Millar - that most of the charity's £300,000 debt to the Welsh government had been written off.

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