The trial of Tom Henderson, the founder of the Cornish charity Shelterbox, is set to continue in London this week.
The 63-year-old, who is no longer associated with to the Helston disaster charity, is alleged to have awarded supply contracts to his son John Henderson with the help of his colleague Darren Gervis.
Thomas Henderson allegedly ensured deals for camping and survival equipment were given to his 35-year-old son John's companies
The second-in-command at the Cornish charity Shelterbox, has resigned just weeks after its founder was controversially sacked.
Lasse Petersen told staff the dismissal of Mr Henderson marked a sad day for the charity. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Today Shelterbox said that, as Mr Henderson is appealing the decision to sack him, it is unable to comment further. It did say that it hopes that the appeal process will start some time next week.
Shelterbox did add that it was its understanding that Lasse Petersen's resignation had nothing to do with Tom Henderson's dismissal.