Money trails from Qatari banks to the Muslim Brotherhood have exposed Qatar’s continued funding of terrorist groups around the world, as evidence suggests that Al Rayan Bank, a UK-based Qatari, provides banking services to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups in the UK.
Funds to the Muslim Brotherhood
The British daily The Times claimed that Al Rayan Bank, a Qatari-owned bank, has offered financial facilities to UK terrorist-related organisations.
Al Rayan Bank has several clients who had their accounts closed or frozen because of a security clampdown in other banks. At least four of its clients in banks including HSBC, Barclays, NatWest and Lloyds TSB had their other accounts closed.
Yet the situation of Al Rayan is only the newest in a series of claims.
A book entitled ‘Qatar Papers – How the Emirates Finances Islam in France and Europe’ revealed that Doha had funded dozens of mosques and Islamic center projects in Europe, most of them through a Muslim Brotherhood-linked network.
The book , written by French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, contained proof of multi-million – dollar transfers from Qatar to fund more than 140 projects across Europe, with 50 in Italy alone. It says the network spreads through countries such as Italy, France , Switzerland and Germany.
Among the members of Qatar ‘s network in Switzerland were Mohamed and Nadia Karmous who received millions of euros from Qatar Charity. This was also through seven bank transfers between 2011 and 2013. This confirms that Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based spiritual chief of the Muslim Brotherhood, had specifically proposed Nadia Karmous.
In 2007, Mohamed Karamous, who served as treasurer of the European Institute for Human Sciences – a university in central France affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and funded by Qatar . He was arrested on a high-speed train by the Swiss authorities. While he was in possession of € 50,000 ($56,000) in cash from Qatar.
Qatar is now facing many allegations in France of militant funding and illegal financial behavior.
As a consequence of the Qatar Documents. French MEP Gilbert Collard said he had ordered the creation of a commission of inquiry. This is into the funding of Islamist and Salafist terrorism. It’s by a foreign State through the Qatar Charity organization in France.
In addition to the Al Rayan revelations. Qatar ‘s involvement in the trial of an ex-Barclays boss accused of fraud allegations has been in the British headlines.
The Serious Fraud Office lawyer in the UK charged that former ceo John Varley of Barclays. And three fellow top managers had withheld public records revealing £322 million ($391 million) in undisclosed payments. They went to Qatari creditors while they failed to satisfy their demands.