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Tsunami charity falling into radical Islamic groups hands

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  • Ambon
    Posted on 30 July, 2005 # ANI Tsunami charity falling into radical Islamic groups hands London: Donations meant for helping victims of the December 26, 2004
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2005

      Posted on 30 July, 2005 # ANI
      Tsunami charity falling into radical Islamic groups hands

      London: Donations meant for helping victims of the December 26, 2004 Asian tsunami are reportedly being siphoned off by radical Islamic groups linked to terrorists in Indonesia.

      A leading expert on the global al-Qaeda network has said that this relief money has become a "primary source" of income for two militant groups, including one founded by a Muslim cleric serving a prison sentence in connection with the Bali bombing in 2002 in which more than 200 people were killed.

      Dr Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the international centre for political violence and terrorism research at Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, was quoted by a web site in Scotland as telling the Asia-Pacific Financial Crime Conference that the Boxing Day disaster has given "unprecedented opportunities to these groups to expand their areas of influence".

      Reacting to Gunaratna’s comments, the Department For International Development (DFID) in Britain said it was "concerned" and urged him to provide more information so it could take whatever action was necessary.

      According to Gunaratna, the author of the book Inside al Qaeda:

      Global Network of Terror, two Indonesian-based radical Islamic groups Mujahideen Kompak and Majelis Mujahideen (MMI) were moving into the Aceh region, where 130,000 people were killed and entire villages demolished by the devastating tsunami.

      He told the conference, organised by banks in Singapore, that steps had to be taken to ensure that charitable donations did not go astray.

      MMI, which has been called the Indonesian equivalent of Sinn Fein, was founded by militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who is serving a 30-month jail sentence for conspiracy in the Bali bombings. Its name means the Council of Mujahideen For Islamic Law Enforcement.



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