Thursday, September 18, 2014

Terror funds sent to Malaysia, says Aussie paper


BY LOOI SUE-CHERN Australians are reported fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) and have been receiving funding from their home country, reports say today. – Reuters pic, September 18, 2014.

Australians are reported fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) and have been receiving funding from their home country, reports say today. – Reuters pic, September 18, 2014.
Australian police are investigating a remittance company linked to the family of a convicted terrorist over "missing funds" worth AUS$9 million (RM26.1 million) that may have been used to finance Australians fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), with some of it sent to individuals in Malaysia.

The Australian reported earlier today that authorities were concerned that the company Bisotel Rieh Global Money Transfer, which specialises in remittances to the Middle East, may have sent funds to Mohamed Elomar, a companion of convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf in Syria. Both are Isis fighters.
The two men, who reportedly left Australia late last year, had travelled to Syria together via transit in Malaysia.
The authorities are also probing into the company's fund transfers to individuals in Malaysia. Employees had admitted that the company "actively smuggles" money from Turkey into Lebanon.


Meantime, the Australian finance intelligence and compliance agency Austrac has suspended Bisotel Rieh, which operates in Lakemba, western Sydney, after the company failed to declare the AUS$9 million transferred out of the country between January and August.
Austrac chief executive John Schmidt was quoted by The Australian as saying: “The figures don’t appear to match".
“It’s a fairly big difference in a short space of time. We are satisfied that the continued registration... may involve a significant financing-of-terrorism risk," he told the daily.
Austrac released documents showing that the agency’s officers had visited the business in May and established that Bisotel Rieh had “arranged for bulk cash to be smuggled from Turkey into Lebanon”, apparently because it failed to access bank accounts in Lebanon.
The finding led to a larger probe into the company, which was subsequently discovered to have transferred about A$38,000 in three transactions to an unnamed individual in Malaysia.
At the same time, the company also made another transfer to Malaysia. This to Austrac was “seemingly coincidentally", The Australian reported.
It was reported that Bisotel Rieh, which also offers a travel service and has branches in Lakemba and Liverpool in southwestern Sydney in Australia, and Tripoli in Lebanon, has until tomorrow to explain itself, after which it will face a 40-day suspension followed by possible deregistration.
Khaled gained infamy when The Australian published pictures of his nine-year-old son posing with the severed head of a Syrian army soldier.
AFP reported that anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane today were sparked by an Australian senior Isis militant, who ordered "demonstration killings" in Australia.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there was intelligence on planned public beheadings.
The agency reported that Australian police have conducted the country's biggest ever counter-terrorism operation, detaining 15 people and disrupting plans to “commit violent acts", including against random members of the public.  – September 18, 2014.
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