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Spanish police arrest man suspected of funding IS terrorist activities

Posted on 17th March 2017 at 09:59am

On March 15, 2017, the Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by Europol, arrested a Moroccan national in Girona, who was suspected of helping finance the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).

Photo courtesy Garda Civil, via Europol

The arrestee had been under investigation for participating – along with two of his brothers who were arrested in July 2016 – in a complex financial scheme that involved sending funds to IS fighters in Syria and Iraq through money transfer agencies.

Europol supported Guardia Civil by deploying two terrorist experts to Girona to crosscheck the data found against Europol’s databases in real-time.

The investigation began in 2016 when investigators detected a network that sent funds to IS fighters. The presence of a family member in Syria motivated the rest of the brothers to raise funds and later send the money to Syria using a complex network of intermediaries. The criminals sent small amounts of money in an attempt to go unnoticed by the Spanish law enforcement authorities.

More details here (in Spanish) 

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