EDL founder Alan Ayling suspended from his management post
It has been reported that the founder and key funder of the English Defence League has been suspended from his management post in the City.
Alan Ayling, who is said to have used the alias 'Alan Lake' was suspended by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development after he was named as the EDL's founder, according to UAF.org.uk.
The EBRD was set up by international treaty to fund development and privatisation schemes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
With regards to his suspension, a spokesperson for the bank is reported to have said,
The EBRD became aware of various allegations made about a member of the bank’s staff in mid-December. The bank immediately launched an investigation into these allegations. The member of staff was suspended from duties pending the outcome of this investigation. The investigation is still ongoing.
The identity of Ayling's alias was revealed in an investigation by the Sunday Times back in December, revealing his influential role and residence in a prestigious development in London's Barbican.
It was at Ayling's flat where the founding meeting of the EDL was held back in 2009, bringing together Stephen Yaxley Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson), now the EDL’s leader, and members of the shadowy “counterjihad” network of anti-Muslim racists of which Lake/Ayling is a key part.
Ayling was also interviewed as a witness as part of the Norwegian police's investigation into the massacre by gunman Anders Behring Breivik, who is said to have had links with far-right groups including the EDL.
Ayling denied meeting Breivik but had described his appalling killing of 76 people at a socialist youth camp as 'chickens come home to roost'.
Picture: Alan Ayling/Lake