Large amounts of cash and “telecommunications data?” Meaning phone numbers of ISIS operatives and financial intermediaries? The cash suggests smuggling, but we don’t have enough details yet. Something tells me this isn’t the older brother’s first run-in with the authorities.
From Deutsche Welle on July 27 (h/t El Grillo):
Spain arrests Moroccan brothers suspected of financing ‘Islamic State’
Spanish police on Wednesday arrested two Moroccan brothers, aged 33 and 22, in the northeastern city of Girona for helping finance the “Islamic State” (“IS”) militant group’s operations in Syria and Iraq, Spain’s interior ministry said in a statement.
Police discovered a large amount of cash and telecommunications data at the brothers’ home. The information is expected to assist authorities in exposing the militant group’s presence in Europe, police said.
“Investigators found that the two suspects, along with their brother who died in Syria, managed to send funds to financial administrators of the ‘Islamic State’ using false identities attributed to the terrorist organization’s managers,” the Interior Ministry said.
“These suspected identities form part of the ‘Islamic State’s’ economic recruitment center at the international level, as evidenced by international contacts identified in the investigation,” the ministry added…