Al-Qaeda courier who smuggled terror funds held

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5 July 2006, MADRID — An Algerian man suspected of helping to fund a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda was arrates on Wednesday.Police told EFE that the man has been accused of acting as a "courier" to carry the proceeds of robberies carried out by Muslim militants from Spain to Algeria.The police raided a home in Valencia and arrested the man.

5 July 2006

MADRID — An Algerian man suspected of helping to fund a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda was arrates on Wednesday.

Police told EFE that the man has been accused of acting as a "courier" to carry the proceeds of robberies carried out by Muslim militants from Spain to Algeria.

The police raided a home in Valencia and arrested the man.

He has been moved to Madrid.

The police operation - codenamed Green - by Spain's National Court started after several robberies were carried out in 2004 in luxury villas in Campo de Gibraltar, in the southern region of Andalusia.

During the operation, authorities made several arrests in December 2005 on the Costa del Sol.

In addition to the robberies, the arrested people allegedly committed other common crimes, such as forging identity cards and smuggling vehicles.

Cash from the robberies was sent to the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat either by hand or through a complex system of bank transfers to make it more difficult for authorities to follow the movement of the funds.

Police monitored meetings between the suspects, believing they were linked with a network financing and otherwise supporting al-Qaeda.

In the first phase of the operation, investigators also uncovered connections between the cell and other individuals in several European countries.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news



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