01 Apr 2021
By Sadie Brown, OCCRP, 1 April 2021
OCCRP — With the help of Europol, the Spanish National Police arrested last week three people accused of collecting donations for Syrian orphans that was then spent on radicalizing and training children to become Al Qaeda jihadist fighters.
The detainees are suspected of having funneled the money they collected from several Muslim associations in Madrid through an NGO to support training orphans in armed combat, the release said.
The two-year investigation identified an alleged financing network located in Spain which authorities traced back to people affiliated with an Islamic center in Madrid. The three people arrested are accused of misusing resources of religious associations to finance terrorist fighters.
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