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Syrians held for terror financing – Security tracks donation trail

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 19: The State Security police have busted a five-man gang of Syrians for financing terror cells in Syria including DAESH, the Al-Nusra Front and similar other organizations, reports Arab Times daily.

The daily added, the arrest came after Western intelligence tipped off their Kuwaiti counterparts about the illegal activity. Following intense investigations, personnel from the Criminal Evidences Department zeroed in on the house of the main suspect who lived in Sulaibikhat

. When police raided his home, they found a large cache of cash which had been collected through various channels including donations collected from people illegally under various pretexts. He admitted to transferring large sums of money to terror groups in Syria over a period of time and gave police the name of a compatriot who worked with his three sons in a money exchange office in Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh.

During interrogations, the elder Syrian said the money was hand delivered to the terrorist groups in Syria by his three sons as instructed by the main culprit. He also admitted to handing over some money to an unidentified person in Turkey.

The sons said they have travelled out of the country with more than KD 10,000 cash each time. Investigations are underway to identify if the suspects worked alone or if there are any accomplices in Kuwait who helped the suspects leave the country with big cash.

Meanwhile, the security authorities summoned an unidentified Kuwaiti who had leased the money exchange shop to the Syrian to find out if he had any role in the financing of terrorism.

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