De Baarsjes investigates mosque
7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam city district De Baarsjes is going to investigate the financial position of Manderen BV, the investment company behind the Wester mosque.
7 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam city district De Baarsjes is going to investigate the financial position of Manderen BV, the investment company behind the Wester mosque.
The district will do so on grounds of the Public Administration Probity Screening Act, an instrument which allows the municipality to conduct an investigation into possible illegal financing and criminal activities.
De Baarsjes also announced on Wednesday that it granted a building permit for the mosque. The nine objections which have been filed have nothing to do with the mosque, the construction of the mosque or are irrelevant to the planning/zoning issues, the district said. The results of the investigation launched now could result in the building permit being revoked however.
The mosque has been much in the news lately because of reports that the foundation behind it, Turkish mosque association Milli Gorus, has been involved in swindling Turkish migrants throughout Europe.
The Volkskrant has reported that an investigation by a Turkish parliamentary committee and a series of court cases in Germany and Switzerland indicate that a total of at least 5 billion euro has been swindled out of at least 400,000 Turkish migrants in the Netherlands and other countries.
A spokesperson for the Financial Markets Authority (AFM) announced on Tuesday that the financial regulator is launching an investigation into possible illegal trading in stocks in Turkish mosques and coffee houses in the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news