Eid meat used as cover for funding Al QaedaDecember 13, 2012
Attorneys for two of the defendants say that their clients only collected money to buy meat for Eid, but French prosecutors allege that the money went to an offshoot of Al Qaeda.
Eid presents a noteworthy opportunity for Muslims living in the west to transfer money to the Middle East under the guise of charity for meat purchases for poor families. The radical Turkish flotilla “charity,” IHH, which has been banned by Germany for funding Hamas, has used Qurbani meat distribution as its pretext for operating in 95 countries.
From Radio Free Europe on Dec. 4:
Paris Trial Begins Of 10 Alleged Fundraisers For IMU
Ten defendants have gone on trial in the French capital on charges that they helped finance the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an extremist group accused of links to Al-Qaeda.
The suspects, who are described as mainly of Turkish origin, are alleged to have collected thousands of dollar from people at mosques in French cities to send to the IMU between 2003 and 2008.
They were arrested in 2008 in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Lawyers for at least two of the defendants have rejected the charges, saying the money was collected for “humanitarian” uses.
The IMU, which was formed to overthrow the Uzbek government and create an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia, is officially considered a terrorist group by the United States.
In October 2001, the UN Security Council formally listed the IMU as being “associated” with Al-Qaeda.
H/t to Twitter user El Grillo for alerting me.