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Arrests in diversion of Syria refugee donations to DAESH
May 25, 2015, 7:40 am
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The Public Prosecution continues investigations into one of the biggest issues of ‘terrorist financing’, reports a local daily. According to the results of interrogation by the Public Prosecution KD 400,000 which was collected on behalf of the Syrian refugees has fallen in the hands of the terrorist organization, the Islamic State or the so-called DAESH in what is seen as biggest terrorist financing activity at the current time.

Earlier the daily quoting reliable sources had said the State Security system followed up the issue and traced those responsible inside and outside Kuwait. According to investigations three Kuwaiti ‘societies’ collected the money on behalf of the Syrian refugees and instead channeled the money to DAESH in Syria.

The same sources said five people have been detained in this connection — two Kuwaitis, a Saudi, a Syrian and an Egyptian. An informed source told the daily, the detention renewal judge has remanded the men to police custody for another 10 days.

The source said one of the accused, who is believed to be the brother of a terrorist who was involved in a sensitive case in Kuwait a few years ago, was put under surveillance and after tracing his contacts discovered the existence of correspondence and remittances to an Asian country in addition to an Islamic center in Turkey.

The source disclosed, when the authorities confronted the accused and inquired from him the reason for money transfer to Asia, he reportedly said he owned money and when asked for documents, he said he had none. The source had pointed out earlier many people are involved in the issue and during interrogation with the five accused, more names of persons are likely to surface — names of people from outside and inside Kuwait. The source pointed three of those who are in custody of police are heads of money collecting campaigns. The source also said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor had given them verbal approval to collect the money.

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