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Islamists in Germany fraudulently received €1 million in COVID-19 aid, some funds used to ‘direct terrorism financing’

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German police - Polizei. Photo by Andreas Trojak.

Around €1 million in Covid-19 relief funds aimed at businesses might have ended up in the pockets of hardline Islamists, German media reported, citing sources in the Berlin police who opened more than 100 probes into the fraud.

The misuse of coronavirus aid to finance terrorist activities was reported by German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

“In individual cases there is a suspicion of direct terrorism financing,” a source within Berlin law enforcement told the newspaper.

According to the report, law enforcement in Germany’s capital is currently conducting over 100 investigations into potential misuse of coronavirus aid for terrorism funding. Some 60 individuals, as well as mosques and other Muslim associations, are being targeted by the inquiries.

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