The judge of the National Court , Joaquín Gadea, has ordered provisional imprisonment for the treasurer of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) for allegedly belonging to a terrorist organization and financing of terrorism by diverting humanitarian aid destined for orphaned children from Syria.
This was agreed on Thursday by the magistrate after taking a statement from him in the framework of the operation in which he was arrested with two other people who were released by the National Police , including Mohamad Ayman Adlbi, president of the Islamic Commission of Spain, legal sources have reported this Thursday.
In the opinion of the instructor, there are indications that the UCIDE treasurer could be collaborating with an NGO that would be providing financial aid to affiliated jihadist factions or that have served the interests of Al Qaeda.
Training of future mujahideen
According to the National Police, the operation has resulted in two detainees in Madrid and another in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for their alleged participation in a terrorist financing crime using the collection of humanitarian aid donations for Syrian orphaned children as cover.
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Those arrested are accused of, making use of the resources of a cultural association, collecting solidarity donations and directing part of it to areas occupied by Al Qaeda militias with the aim of supporting their fighters.
Supposedly they channeled the amounts of money from Spain, contributed in good faith between the sympathizers of an Islamic cultural center, to an NGO with activity in the conflict zone of Syria.
A part of the proceeds was used to defray the expenses of a school for orphaned children located in a conflict zone, whose activities were focused on the training of future mujahideen.
The education given focused on the most radical teaching of Sharia and the training of children in armed struggle, motivating them to continue the terrorist activity of their parents killed in combat.
Collect donations under the guise of humanitarian aid
This investigation starts from other proceedings opened in the Central Court of Instruction number 6 of the National Court in 2019.
The investigations point to the alleged participation of a group of people coordinated for several years to organize and transfer money from Spain to affiliated jihadist factions or that have served the interests of Al Qaeda.
For these collection tasks, a fraudulent dynamic was created to obtain sums of money from dozens of people residing in different parts of Spain and who, for the most part, did not clearly know who were the final beneficiaries of the money they contribute in that charitable campaign organized by those investigated.
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The investigation shows that the treasurer of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain and the other two detainees used their position of influence in the management of the Mosque of Abu Bakr Islamic center, located on Anastasio Herrero street in Madrid.
The treasurer allegedly used resources from several interconnected Muslim religious associations located in that Islamic center to collect donations under the guise of humanitarian aid to orphans.
Money that was later sent in an opaque way from an NGO called the Al Bashaer Humanitarian Organization to Al Basdyer Insani Yardim Dernegine, according to the investigations.
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, those investigated have allegedly set up a system to collect money at the national level that uses humanitarian aid to orphans from Syria as cover, all through the aforementioned NGO, linked to the jihadist terrorist organization Yeish. al Islam, which has come to operate as an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria.
In the operation the provincial Information Brigades of Madrid, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Zaragoza and Ceuta have participated -at the national level- and of the Europol police agency , at the international level.
During the operation, which took place last Tuesday, four entries and records have been made , in which numerous documentation, money, effects and technical support have been intervened that are being analyzed by the investigators.
The judge has decreed the secrecy of the proceedings and the investigation remains open so new proceedings are not ruled out.