The financial assistance provided by the German authorities to local businesses in the quarantine due to the coronavirus could have been directed by recipients to finance terrorism in war zones in the Middle East. This was reported on March 14 by the German edition Welt.
According to the newspaper, in Berlin alone, investigations are already underway against more than 60 people and mosque associations.
“In some cases, there are suspicions of direct financing of terrorism,” the city police told the newspaper.
The investigation is being conducted by the State Security Service and the Prosecutor’s Office. Financial aid due to the pandemic was received by members of the Salafi and anti-Semitic association Jamaatu (banned in Russia), which was recently banned by the Berlin Senate.
As the newspaper reminds, the killer from the Berlin Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz Anis Amri often attended the meetings of this banned organization.
The terrorist attack at the Christmas market in Berlin took place on December 19, 2016. Amri’s truck rammed the crowd of visitors. 12 people died, 48 were injured of varying severity.
The terrorist was killed in a shootout with the police.