A CHARITY chief who launched an international campaign to tackle poverty pocketed more than £500,000 when she quit, it emerged last night.
The secret deal for Irene Khan, one of Britain's most high-profile anti-poverty campaigners, was slammed by critics last night. She walked out of her job as Amnesty International's secretary general with £533,103 after she left the organisation in December 2009, figures have revealed. The pay-out, made just seven months after she launched an anti poverty campaign, was more than four times the £132,490 she picked up in 2009.
Tory MP Philip Davies hit out at the"ludicrous" award last night.
He said: "I am sure people making donations to Amnesty, in the belief they are alleviating poverty, never dreamed they were subsidizing a fat cat payout.
This will disillusion many benefactors."
An Amnesty donor said last night: "I won't be giving any more money. How can this woman lecture the world about abuses and then walk off with this staggering amount of cash?"
As the first woman, Asian and Muslim to head the organisation, Ms Khan spent eight years in charge of Amnesty's operations, acting as its chief political adviser and strategist, chief spokeswoman and the chief executive officer of the international secretariat.
The figures were revealed in Amnesty International's financial records for the year ending 31 March 2010.
A second director, deputy secretary general Kate Gilmore, was paid more than £300,000 in a similar deal when she resigned in the same month, sources said.
Peter Pack, chairman of Amnesty's international executive committee, said: "The payments to outgoing secretary general Irene Khan shown in the accounts of AI (Amnesty- International) Ltd for the year ending March 31st 2010 include payments made as part of a confidential agreement between AI Ltd and Irene Khan.