Posts Tagged ‘Netherlands’

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Source of shoe bomber’s cash unclear

December 22, 2014

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of failed shoe bomber Richard Reid’s attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight. Reid purchased his plane ticket with $1,800 in cash. He is also said to have purchased the explosive materials in Amsterdam with $1,500 in cash. Reid also bought the high-top basketball shoes he used on the flight with cash.  He flew to Israel before flying to the U.S. as a test run with no public accounting of how that travel was funded.

As one website put it, “Perhaps someone can explain exactly how this part-time dishwasher came to have enough spare cash to travel to Israel on El Al airlines without a passport for ten days in July, then even more spare cash to buy an expensive airline ticket from Paris to Miami aboard American Airlines Flight 63?”

Somehow, Reid also had money during his initial incarceration to pay for a subscription to Time magazine.

Perhaps Reid had received bank wires from Al Qaeda interlocutors overseas to finance his travels, or cash handouts domestically in Britain from like-minded parishioners at the Finsbury Park Mosque in London—a hotbed of Islamist activity where Reid worshiped.

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Somali in Holland funded al-Shabaab

August 4, 2014

Farhia Hassan, a Somali living in the Netherlands, has been arrested as part of a U.S. sting against an international cell of East African women who financed al-Shabaab. Additional arrests were made in Virginia and Washington state. The women sent the money back home to “brothers in the mountains,”—al Shabaab fighters in Somalia. The money was transferred in small increments probably to avoid scrutiny. Hassan is said to be pregnant, which her lawyers will probably use to argue against her extradition.

Thanks to Theo Prinse for sending over the story from Omroep Zeeland. An English account of the development comes from DutchNews:

Dutch Somali woman faces deportation to US over terrorist funding

A 30-year-old woman who lives in Terneuzen faces extradition to the US on charges of helping finance the al-Shabaab terror group.

The woman was arrested on Wednesday on the request of the US authorities, the public prosecution department said.

The woman, who was born in Somalia, has Dutch nationality. She will appear in court on Friday and the US has requested her extradition, the prosecution department said.

Brothers

The US department of justice said in a statement that two other women from Kenya and Somalia were also arrested in the US on Wednesday and two more remain ‘fugitives’.

Three defendants who were arrested face charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organisation that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia’, the statement said.

The statement said the women referred to the money they sent overseas as ‘living expenses,’ and they repeatedly used code words such as ‘orphans’ and ‘brothers in the mountains’ to refer to al-Shabaab fighters, and ‘camels’ to refer to trucks needed by al-Shabaab.

The money transfers often were broken down into small amounts as low as $50 or $100, and the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia…

Prior Money Jihad coverage of terror financing based in the Netherlands is here. Posts about the financing of al-Shabaab are here. See this and these for the use of “orphans” as code for terrorist financing.  The AP and the Washington D.C. affiliate of ABC News have more information on the arrests here.

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Financial sleight of hand: suggested news reading

June 19, 2014
  • The Palestinian Authority’s stipends to convicted terrorists are beginning to worry countries that give foreign aid.  One P.A. official’s solution?  Have the PLO pay the stipends instead through a bookkeeping trick… more>>
  • The president of the Western Australia Islamic Council pleads not guilty in $8 million methamphetamine case… more>>
  • Two writers tried setting up shell companies 4,000 times as research for a book. They were only asked for photo identification 20 percent of the time… more>>
  • Despite the Dutch company Fokker’s voluntary disclosure of violating sanctions by shipping aircraft parts to Sudan and Iran, their scheme was sufficiently purposeful and egregious to warrant criminal prosecution… more>>

 

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Jihadist planned robbery in Holland to fund terror in Syria

June 15, 2014

Add a new element to conventional terrorist financing schemes in the Netherlands: armed robbery for jihad. What sets this apart from cases of other radical Muslims living in the West who have either committed crimes or raised money from their communities to fund travel and rebellion in Syria is that this young man had already been to Syria. He returned to the Netherlands and embarked on this criminal activity to raise more money to send back to his compatriots still fighting in Syria.

Would he have come up with the idea to do this on his own? No. He was sent back to the Netherlands under orders from the jihadists there to raise more money to send back to them. Given the number of young Islamist men who have left the West, fought in Syria, and are now coming “home,” there are probably many more men like this one working under the same instructions to keep raising funds, legally and illegally, for jihad.

From AFP on May 21 (hat tip to The Religion of Peace):

Dutch Syria fighter arrested planning ‘jihad heist’

THE HAGUE: Dutch police have arrested a 21-year-old man who fought in Syria as he was allegedly about to commit an armed robbery “to finance jihad”, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday.

The man spent six months in Syria last year “taking part in jihad” fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the prosecutor said in a statement.

As part of an undercover operation upon his return, he told police that he could obtain weapons and acquired a shotgun, a Magnum revolver and a small handgun.

Police arrested him on May 15 as he was allegedly on his way to carry out a robbery at a yacht marina in Scheveningen, a coastal suburb of The Hague.

He has been remanded in custody and faces charges of planning a terrorist attack and illegal firearms possession.

“He wanted to use the spoils from the hold-up to finance international jihad,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP that he wanted the money “for the fight in Syria”…

Theft for jihad while living in “infidel” nations is considered permissible in Islam according to imams such as British rabble-rouser Anjem Choudary and deceased terrorist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.

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Dutch Muslim group urges Moroccan pension fraud

April 27, 2014

The Dutch benefits agency SVB is trying to find out the value of assets held by public benefit recipients. To assist in that effort, they’ve asked Moroccan pensioners for their Moroccan identity numbers, because many of them have properties and even businesses in Morocco from which they generate income that they have not disclosed to the authorities in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, a Muslim foundation known as the Euro-Mediterranean Center of Migration & Development (Emcemo) is encouraging Moroccan immigrants to withhold their identity numbers from SVB.

The benefits should be suspended until the recipients comply. They were probably required to disclose foreign assets when they first applied for benefits anyway. Financing terrorism with fraudulently claimed benefits by Islamist immigrants, which has been endorsed by the likes of Anwar al-Awlaki and Anjem Choudary and implemented by men like the Tsarnaev brothers, is an increasing threat to Western democracies.  De Telegraaf has previously reported on the exploitation of public benefits in the Netherlands by radical Salafist networks.

Vlad Tapes has the exclusive English version of this report from Apr. 15:

Holland: Islamic foundation instructs Moroccans how to commit benefit fraud

“Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Migration & Development” sounds like EU or OECD, but I found out that it is an Islamic foundation. Via 10news.dk, translated by Sjoerd from Parool:

Moroccans not happy with fraud inquiry of Social Insurance Bank

The Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Migration & Development (Emcemo) in Amsterdam is calling on Moroccan elderly not to provide their Moroccan identity number to the Social Insurance Bank (SVB). With that information the SVB traces social benefit fraud.

SVB asks Moroccan recipients of Additional Provision Income Elderly (AIO) since last week in a letter to pass that number. Thus the SVB can check in Morocco if someone owns houses, land or savings in that country.

This benefit is for older people with an inadequate pension and little capital and little additional revenue: with the AIO, the state pension is supplemented to match the minimum income. It is mandatory to report foreign property but it is often difficult for the SVB to check if someone has done that.”

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Front charity news: recommended reading

March 27, 2014
  • The Shakhsiyah Foundation receives £70,000 a year in taxpayer money even though Prime Minister Cameron called it a front charity for extremism… more>>
  • Two would-be jihadists from North Carolina intended to use charity as a cover story for their mission overseas… more>>
  • The Turkish “charity” IHH funds and supports Hamas, but has yet to be designated as a terrorist organization by the Obama administration… more>>
  • İMKANDER, another Turkish charity, has taken to the streets in a massive rally to eulogize Doku Umarov, the terror chief of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate (h/t Ayre)… more>>
  • A Dutch money launderer has signed his own death warrant by stealing $35,000 from a Hamas front charity… more>>