KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: The Criminal Court has ordered the continued detention of 6 expatriates (five Syrians and an Iraqi) in the case of financing the terrorist organization DAESH in Syria. The suspects are said to have collected KD 11 million, reports Al-Rai daily.
The large number of funds transferred from Kuwait, more than $36 million, raised many eyebrows about the source of these funds and how they were collected away from the watchful eyes of the authorities.
A source familiar with the issue, said “the suspects transferred the money taking cover of a money exchange company in Mubarakiya and exploited the facility to transfer huge sums of money to the terrorist organization.”
The source explained, the investigations showed the absence of electronic record of remittances. What is available are the manual records containing characters and symbols in order to hide the identities of the senders.
The source added the suspects collected the money in Kuwait with a promise to send it to their relatives in Syria in remote areas because money collection centers are not available in these areas and banking on their ability to deliver the money in record time. The source pointed out under the cover of this service, the suspects transferred the money to DAESH.
The Prosecution has charged two of the suspects of establishing a fake money exchange ‘office’ in Kuwait to transfer money to DAESH in Turkey and Syria. The three others were reportedly transferring money through the money exchange companies they own in one of the GCC states.
Earlier, Kuwait said it stood ready to deal with any potential flow of DAESH fighters into its territory after the militant group’s defeat in Iraq, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper has reported.
The paper cited an unofficial letter written by an interior ministry official, in which he reportedly ordered the leaders of security services at borders, airports and vital installations to take all necessary measures to counter the threat.