4 “Swedes” used 6 front companies to fund ISISFebruary 22, 2015
And these are just among the handful that we know about. Not many details are available, but what sounds unusual about this case is that the suspects appear to have somehow used businesses to channel funds to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (rather than using more conventional terrorist methods of hawala, wire transfers, cash smuggling, or charities).
From Agence France-Presse on Feb. 17 (h/t El Grillo):
Swedish police detained four people Tuesday on suspicion of having used six companies to help fund the Islamic State group, the Dagens Nyheter daily reported.
Police said a “large raid” took place in Stockholm as part of a probe into money laundering and undeclared work but declined to comment further.
Sources close to the investigation told Dagens Nyheter the suspects had ties to Syria and IS.
The paper said Tuesday’s arrests targeted three men and a woman aged between 31 and 50.
Swedish government agencies estimate that up to 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.19 million, 1.05 million euros) are sent to violent extremist groups every year…
AFP goes on to mention that over a hundred “Swedes” have joined terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria since 2012. These are, more precisely, mostly Muslim immigrants, refugees, and their young adult sons who have become residents of Sweden.