Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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Drug money bust reveals Hezbollah’s control

February 3, 2014

The Australian Crime Commission has foiled an international narco-trafficking and money laundering scheme involving 18 organized groups and 40 separate money laundering operations.  “Project Eligo” has resulted in 105 arrests, 190 criminal charges, and over $500 million in assets seized so far.

Agence France Presse (hat tips to Willauer Prosky and El Grillo) has the highlights of the story:

Australian police crack global money-laundering racket

Sydney — Australian police revealed Thursday they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to groups reported to include Hezbollah.

The Australian Crime Commission said more than Aus$580 million (US$512 million) of drugs and assets had been seized, including Aus$26 million in cash, in a year-long sting codenamed Eligo targeting the offshore laundering of funds generated by outlaw motorcycle gangs, people-smugglers and others.

According to the ACC, the operation had disrupted 18 serious and organised crime groups and singled out 128 individuals of interest in more than 20 countries, tapping information from agencies including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The full details of which countries had been involved were not revealed but acting ACC chief Paul Jevtovic said “the reality is that the Middle East and Southeast Asia have featured prominently”…

The Sydney Morning Herald noted that, “It is believed at least one of the ‘exchange houses’ used in the Australian laundering operation delivers a cut from every dollar it launders to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, whose military wing has been proscribed in Australia as a terrorist group.”

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Recommended reading: front charities, ATM bombings, and sanctions violations

January 30, 2014
  • Members of a terror cell that bombed ATM machines across Bahrain have been convicted for detonating explosives and laundering money… more>>
  • Money for training of Islamic militants around the world was routed through Vienna by the Turkish charity IHH, reports a Bosnian newspaper… more>>
  • An Iranian-U.S. dual citizen packed 44 boxes of blueprints and technical specs about the F-35 fighter jet and shipped them off to Iran.  Customs agents weren’t fooled by his shipping label: “House Hold Goods”… more>>
  • Four years after it was revealed that IFCO helped funnel money for George Galloway to Hamas, the IRS might strip IFCO of its tax-exempt status… more>>
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Terror finance news: recommended reading

December 19, 2013
  • Jihad Watch:  Australia: Muslim radicals tried robbing an ATM to fund jihad in Syria
  • Kenneth Rijock:  “How extensive was Hezbollah’s Canadian shopping spree?
  • Israel Matzav:  “Your taxes at work: ‘Cash strapped’ Palestinian Authority gives freed terrorist murderers $50,000 each”

 

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Ten biggest terror finance news stories of 2012

December 31, 2012
  1. Taliban funding remains intact despite international sanctions
    Reports in 2012 revealed that the Taliban’s funding remains intact, that none of the Taliban’s assets have been blocked by U.S. sanctions, that the Taliban retains its taxing authority over Afghans, and that the UN sanctions only 18 percent of the Taliban’s provincial shadow governors in Afghanistan.
  2. Islamic charities remain top terror financiers
    It’s questionable to even call this “news,” but understanding the role of Muslim charities in funding jihad, of which we saw multiple examples throughout 2012, is the Rosetta stone to bankrupting terrorism.  Instances of Muslim charities behaving badly cropped up, and in some cases have worsened, in both in the Middle East and in the West this year.In the Islamic world, the Saudi charitable foundation IIRO, whose branches in Indonesia and the Philippines were previously blacklisted by the U.S. for funding terrorism, is opening seven new branch offices.  In Bangladesh, the chief of the terrorist organization Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) revealed that Muslim Aid, WAMY, the Muslim World League, the Qatari Charitable Society, and the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, are among the primary donors to his jihad.  Read the rest of this entry ?
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Government funds go to halal slaughterhouse

December 10, 2012

The state government of Victoria has given a halal abattoir a half million dollars to put more sheep to death under the knife of the Muslim slaughter man.  Along with the funding, an export license granted to the abattoir to ship halal meat to the Middle East has helped double the number of sheep it exports, according to ABC.  Surely, Australian taxpayers will be delighted to learn that their money is being given away to subsidize halal butchery:

Abattoir upgrades for halal sheep processing

By Lucy Barbour

Tuesday, 20/11/2012

A Victorian abattoir has received half a million dollars in funding from the State Government to expand its facilities at Stawell, in the state’s west.

The Frewstal abattoir will use the money to build a freezer room in the hope of increasing halal sheep meat exports to the Middle East.

General manager Greg Nicholls says most abattoirs are now using halal slaughter methods for both export and domestic product.

“You’ve got to be halal to be able to get rid of all your offal, and even though not all our meat goes to the Middle East, a lot of the offal does,” he said.

“To be able to find a market for those products, you’ve got to go down that track.”

What’s worse, as an accompanying radio report from ABC points out, is that about 80 percent of the meat sold domestically in Australia is halal, unbeknownst to consumers.  Without labeling or other disclosure requirements on the halal industry, Christians are unwittingly eating meat killed under recitation of a Muslim prayer, and animal rights advocates unknowingly eat the meat of animal killed in a brutal procedure.

Take a listen:


The halal food industry is a lot like the sharia finance sector and the Islamic charitable sector.  These sectors are used as vehicles to deepen the Islamization of Western cultures, and the profits are siphoned off for mysterious causes.

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PFLP enriched by Australian aid

September 12, 2012

A civil rights legal foundation that represents the victims of terrorism is reporting that the Australian government is passing funds to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group through two non-governmental organizations.  Chalking it up to confusion over names, the government of Australia claims it has done nothing wrong.

Of course it isn’t the first time that a Western government has funded Gaza jihadists through gross negligence, and it won’t be the last.  From the Israel Law Center via Israel.co.nz:

World Vision Continuing to Fund Terror Group?

Last February Shurat HaDin [Israel Law Center] revealed that the large NGO World Vision, which distributes massive amounts of Australian government aid to Gaza, has been funding a Palestinian terrorist organization’s charitable front. AusAid, the Australian government’s entity in charge of supervising the country’s foreign aid grants, initially suspended funding to the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), alleged by us to be an instrument for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is a designated terrorist organization in Australia and the providing of any material support to it is illegal.

After suspending funding for a month, however, AusAid, on behalf of Australia’s Foreign Ministry, declared it had thoroughly investigated the matter and found no reason why it shouldn’t reinstate its support for the PFLP group. AusAid, while announcing this resumption of funding, proclaimed that it decided to reinstate its support to the UAWC because it was a registered charity in Israel! We were shocked by this explanation, as we had already searched and could not find that the UAWC was listed in Israel’s registry of charities. Moreover, there was overwhelming proof that there was a connection between the UAWC and PFLP. The PFLP’s website stated that it established the UAWC, with the latter agreeing that the terrorist group could utilize its Gaza buildings for training. In addition, several of UAWC’s executive directors are known terrorists, including its director, Bashir al Khieri, who had served time in an Israeli prison for PFLP activities. This past week, the UAWC even put out press releases complaining that Israel’s security services recently raided their offices in Jericho and arrested staff members for their involvement in terrorism.

All of this is going on while AusAid continues to publicly maintain that the UAWC is not the PFLP. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, defending AusAid, gave public assurances that no Australian taxpayer funds were being provided to the Palestinian terrorist group. After our investigation, it was conclusively determined that a tremendous fraud was being perpetrated by World Vision and AusAid against the Australian public. Above all, the organization they claim is registered in Israel is not the UAWC but a different charity with a similar sounding name – the Committee of Agricultural Works (CAW). CAW and the UAWC, which AusAid believes is one and the same, have very similar names but were founded ten years apart, all while having a totally different board of directors. One is indeed registered in Israel and the other is indeed an instrument of the PFLP.

Amazingly, AusAid and World Vision continue to pretend that they are funding the Israeli charity CAW, while Australian funds are actually being provided to the UAWC in Gaza. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Audio: Jihad is the most profitable trade

May 13, 2012

A sermon delivered at Preston Mosque in suburban Melbourne, Australia, during Friday prayers on Apr. 27 instructed worshippers that waging jihad with your life and wealth is the most profitable form of trade.  Take a listen to this one-minute introduction given by “Brother Baha”—presumably the Preston Masjid’s executive committee member Baha Yehia:


The sermon was originally written in Arabic by Sheikh Mohamad Abou Eid, the mosque’s imam, and Brother Baha presented an English translation to the congregation.

The central message was that you should “sell” or give your life and wealth fighting for Islam, and your payment in return from Allah is paradise.  This “trade with Allah” is the best trade—-better than selling vegetables or other mundane commodities—and it is the type of trade that will spare you from hellfire.

The sermon (of which 10 minutes of audio is available here) included the story of a boy in the early days of Islam who supposedly shot three arrows at opposing “Roman” forces before himself being “martyred.”  Brother Baha told his listeners that both the boy and his mother (who applauded her son’s martyrdom) had both engaged in the best kind of trade with Allah.

The sermon represents mainstream thought and tradition in Islamic law which offers great rewards for jihadists and those who fund them, such as Koran 8:60 and 9:41.

Preston Masjid is an important mosque led for 30 years by Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam, the current “Mufti of Australia.”  The Preston Muslim community was also responsible for getting the Darebin council to hire a Muslim missionary with taxpayer dollars.

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“Halal certification has made me a millionaire”

March 20, 2012

With a tip of the hat to Act for Australia.  Coralie Smith is pushing for greater transparency to let Australian consumers know whether or not the companies they buy food from are paying money to halal certification agencies (the stealth halal tax) and indirectly aiding the spread of sharia law. It’s also making some Muslims stinking rich, while the Islamic nations of the world suffer from some of the greatest internal income inequalities on the planet.

Unfortunately, some food producers and sellers are bowing to behind-the-scenes shakedowns from the big halal industry.  This video from “Today Tonight” reports that corporations are paying secret fees and signing non-disclosure agreements with the halal certifiers:

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The risks of paying ransoms to pirates

March 7, 2012

From the February edition of Anti-Money Laundering Magazine, a very good article by its editor Joy Geary (who incidentally was one of this blog’s first readers)…  Internal citations are omitted:

Murky seas—The pirate, the ship owner, the intermediary and the financial institution

Maritime piracy is a lucrative criminal activity: almost all ransom payments are in the form of physical cash. That cash, usually US dollars, must be transported from financial institutions to the pirates. It is at this point that AML/CTF controls seem to be breaking down, particularly in the countries where the cash is sourced.

Border controls for movement of cash seem to be ineffective in detecting these cash movements. Once a ransom is paid, it is difficult to determine how the money is laundered given the infrastructure constraints of the countries where the pirates are based. Ship owners and insurers are not motivated to co-operate with anti-PFR efforts; they seek the easiest path to getting their vessel and crew back in service.

The FATF recently published a report summarising a body of work undertaken on organised piracy for ransom (PFR) and kidnapping for ransom (KFR). The PFR work focused on the financial implications of piracy as a major revenue-generating offence, and the KFR work looked at the significance of revenue generated by KFR for terrorist groups and criminal organisation and the role played by the formal financial sector.

This article looks at issues for financial institutions arising from PFR. Much of what is said about those issues applies to KFR.

The financial impact of PFR has grown exponentially and led to the deployment of flotillas of warships near Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. PFR increases shipping costs, inflates insurance premiums, interferes with commerce on the high seas, and causes threats to the safety of human lives and property. In the case of Somalia, the impact is severe with shipping of vital commodities such as food and medicines on the decline because of the risks to shipping trying to reach the country.

The World Food Program (WFP) uses a navy escort to reach Somalia and despite agreements by the pirates not to attack WFP ships, they continue to do so. Fishing has dropped by 30 percent in the coastal waters off Somalia because the fishermen are frightened of piracy. Pirates select their targets using carefully gathered intelligence regarding the vessel’s size, the wealth of its owners and the nature of its cargo.

On the upside, there is a housing boom in an area home to many pirates in Somalia and the price of marriage dowries is believed to have increased. Both of these have been linked to the success of PFR. On the flip side, corruption is on the increase because the pirates have more money than the government.

PFR is not a drug trafficking issue: no contraband is moved, no illicit market serviced. Rather, it is a violent, acquisitive crime.

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Ransomed by Abu Sayyaf: a heartbreaking plea

January 15, 2012

On Jan. 1, Muslim kidnappers demanded a ransom payment, which is permitted by the Koran, for an “infidel” Australian they captured in December.  A statement by Warren Rodwell, a man whose love for travel deposited him into the clutches of jihadist kidnappers, has since been released to the media.

Take a listen to this two-minute clip from reporter Samantha Donovan on Rodwell’s devastating plea to his family and the Philippine and Australian governments to do whatever they can do pay the $2 million ransom demanded by his captors from the Islamic terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf.  From the ABC radio program “AM” on Jan. 5:


The Islamic system which allows abduction for ransom presents civilized governments with a reprehensible choice between funding the enemies and captors of their citizens by paying the ransoms, intervening militarily in a special operation, or leaving families to fend for themselves.

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Taxes & fees to buoy sharia

May 10, 2011

Any time sharia seems to recede to a low ebb in the West, we do our darnedest to keep it afloat.  Even if that means forcing Western citizens to pay increased taxes or fees to assuage the perceived hurt feelings of immigrant Muslims who are too busy embracing the most irrational idiosyncrasies of political Islam to bother adapting or assimilating to their host countries.

Monash, South Australia, will pay $45,000 AUD toward sharia’s rising tide.  From the Herald Sun, h/t to GoV on May 6:

RATEPAYERS will finance a $45,000 screen at a public pool so Muslim women can have privacy at female-only swim sessions.

The City of Monash has approved the financing despite dissent from a female councillor.

Cr Denise McGill said the issue had been divisive.

An Islamic women’s group agreed the screen was unnecessary, Cr McGill said.

“There are sharia swim suits and other modest forms like three-piece swim suits that are generally acceptable for the Muslim community,” she said.

Cr McGill said she supported women-only swim sessions at Clayton pool but said the $45,000 earmarked for curtains could be better spent.

In February, Monash won an exemption from equal opportunity laws to offer fortnightly classes.

But the Victorian Multicultural Commission rejected the council’s application to help meet the cost of privacy curtains.

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