Tried Our Best, You Know the Rest? Germany Reportedly ‘Gave’ Extremists 1Mln Euro for COVID Relief

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Western governments have form when it comes to doling out cash and other support to organisations which are considered to be terrorist and pledged to the destruction of the country in question. However, in this case, it was Berlin’s negligence that helped the terrorists to get hold of thousands of euros in free money.

Coronavirus relief money has been a blessing and salvation for many people and businesses in the countries that implemented lockdown measures to fight the pandemic. However, not all of the payments were apparently used for a good cause: German prosecutors have opened more than 100 cases in Berlin alone against 60 individuals and mosque-related organisations amid suspicions that the relief payouts were used to fund Islamist extremists, according to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing an anonymous source in Berlin’s law enforcement.

In at least three cases out of around 100 probed by Berlin law enforcement, the investigators reportedly believe the money was wired to finance terrorist activities in the Middle East. It is unclear how many such cases have been detected throughout the country.

The newspaper’s source said that among the entities, which benefited from the coronavirus funding, were the members of the Salafist and anti-Semitic association Jama’atu, banned in Germany, as well as Islam preacher Ahmad Armih, known for his hate-speeches against non-believers.

The State Criminal Police Office has reportedly searched several…

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