Posts Tagged ‘Bulgaria’

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Police probe Kouachi’s counterfeit connections

January 20, 2015

Sales of counterfeit goods by Charlie Hebdo attacker Cherif Kouachi helped fund the purchase of weapons,” according to a CNN source. The LA Times reports that Cherif Kouachi began “trafficking in counterfeit clothing and shoes” after his release from jail.

The revelations point to an additional, possible source of revenue behind the terrorist attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo’s offices and the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery beyond what has previously been reported. Cherif Kouachi is also said to have received $20,000 from AQAP before leaving Yemen, and fellow terror cell member Amedy Coulibaly purchased several of the weapons used during the attacks drawing from a $7,000 personal loan and possibly by trading in a car. Weapons possessed by the Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly had a reported street value of 27,000 euros.

An associate of Cherif Kouachi, Fritz-Joly Joachim, was arrested in Bulgaria earlier this year, and has since been charged with conspiring with Kouachi in terrorism. A Muslim convert from Haiti with French citizenship, Joachim was arrested while trying to cross the border into Turkey for possible follow-on travel into Syria. Joachim told French television that his dealings with Kouachi were strictly business: “We sold clothes together, shoes, it was just a business connection.” The reporter who interviewed him amplified on those comments, telling Radio Bulgaria that the Kouachi-Joachim business was “re-sale of clothes and shoes across Paris suburbs.”

Connecting the dots between all the reports, it is probable that investigators believe that Kouachi and Joachim were selling knockoffs, and that the money Kouachi made from the sales ultimately helped supplement the funding of the Paris attacks. This wouldn’t be the first time that counterfeit clothes in Europe have been exploited by Islamists: two imams were arrested in for their involvement in a multi-million dollar counterfeit clothing operation in Spain in December 2013.

That being said, while investigators pour over the details of Cherif Kouachi’s finances, we shouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture of money and training by AQAP in Yemen.

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International terror finance news: suggested reading

November 23, 2014
  • A plain account of Hamas’s $1 billion budget… more>>
  • Police arrest 9 Salafists who robbed churches in Germany to fund ISISmore>>
  • Hezbollah in South America gave C4 explosives to a Brazilian prison gang in exchange for protection of Lebanese inmates (h/t @RedQRedT)… more>>
  • Hamas recently smuggled $12 million from Syria to Turkey—money which is being held by the brother-in-law of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaalmore>>
  • Turkey’s cross-border smuggling with Iraq and Syria wouldn’t be so worrisome if it weren’t for Turkey’s porous northern border with EU member Bulgaria… more>>
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Suspicious financial actors: recommended reading

March 20, 2014

Thanks to El Grillo, Pulp Ark, and all those tweeting out good tips:

  • CAIR, an co-conspirator in the HLF terror finance case, is complaining about a Minnesota bank that closed suspicious accountsmore>>
  • The IRS is employing a man who tipped off an Al Qaeda suspect… more>>
  • US Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va) will appear at a fundraiser sponsored by Muslim Brotherhood supporters… more>>
  • Even people with criminal records can “buy” EU citizenship for £150,000, and all the benefits that entails… more>>

 

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Sending so much more than money

August 8, 2013

How did Hezbollah’s operatives receive the money they needed to carry out their bus bombing in Bulgaria?  From a 75,000 euro wire transfer, says Agence France Presse on Jul. 26:

Hezbollah’s armed wing wired almost $100,000 (75,000 euros) to two men wanted over a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, a newspaper report said Friday.

According to the 24 Hours daily, the money was to help organise the blast at Burgas airport on the Black Sea on July 18, 2012, and to carry out reconnaissance in other countries.

The attack on the tourist bus also killed the vehicle’s Bulgarian driver — a Muslim — and left 35 people injured. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004…

Wired by which bank or money transfer service, exactly?  And would the EU’s recent decision to designate Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist entity preclude further such transfers?

Ken Rijock writes that, “One must assume that compliance officers at international banks, located in the EU, whose clients transfer funds to Lebanon, for any reason, are initiating a broad-based review of such clients,” and Colby Adams of ACAMS writes that the EU decision will “compel financial institutions in Europe to comb their accounts for links to the group’s social services and fundraising arms.”  Let’s hope.

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Bulgarian police raid waqf (endowment) office & seize financial records

October 14, 2010

Population by Religion in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, where Muslims represent 12 percent of the population, has surpassed that magic threshold of 10 percent at which point Muslim lawlessness, uprisings, and threats become the norm.  They must be feeling confident.  But the Bulgarian police may be less infected by political correctness than Western Europe and North America, if this Oct. 6 story via Jihad Watch is any indication:

Bulgarian police come down with Islamophobia, raid offices of Islamic foundation

They found “a large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred.” What? In an Islamic foundation? There must be some mistake! “Bulgarian police raid offices of Islamic foundation,” from AFP (no online link), October 6 (thanks to David):

Oct. 06 (AFP) — Bulgarian prosecutors and police on Wednesday raided the offices of an Islamic organisation with alleged links to Al-Qaeda, the interior ministry said.

Officers raided the offices of the Al Waqf-Al Islami foundation in the southern towns of Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik and Smolyan, finding “a large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred,” the ministry said in a statement.

They also confiscated a number of financial documents, it said.

The ministry did not say whether any arrests were made, but the homes of Muslim religious leaders in the three regions were also raided, sparking protests by local Muslim communities.

What a surprise! Oddly enough, they don’t seem ever to have protested the “large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred.” Well, we’re all busy!

Gates of Vienna has more here.