Italy police detains 10 for alleged terrorism financing

Italian investigators said the 10 people are suspected of financing activities linked to the radical Islamic organization Al-Nusra. (File photo: Reuters)

Italian police have detained 10 people in the central Abruzzo region for alleged tax crimes and money laundering aimed at financing Islamic extremist groups.

Investigators said at a news conference Saturday that the eight Tunisians and two Italians are suspected of financing with “enormous sums of money” activities linked to the radical Islamic organization Al-Nusra.

According to prosecutors, the people detained, including the imam of the Dar Assalam mosque close to the city of Teramo, and an Italian accountant, used the money obtained through tax evasion to finance militant groups in Syria and some radical imams based in Italy.

Authorities say all 10 people detained are under investigation for alleged money laundering with terrorism purposes.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00
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