On Wednesday, German prosecutors said that they had taken seven persons into custody on suspicion of raising funds to send to the Islamic State group in Syria.
According to the statement made by the office of the federal prosecutor, the five individuals accused of belonging to “an international network that supported the terrorist activities of the Islamic State in Syria through financial donations” include four citizens of Germany, one dual national of Germany and Morocco, one citizen of Kosovo, and one citizen of Turkey.
According to the authorities, the organization started using the Telegram chat application in 2020 in order to solicit financial support.
Their organization’s network includes financial middlemen who “collected money or set up accounts” for the donors’ contributions.
The funds were then sent either directly to IS militants in Syria or through predetermined middlemen from these accounts.
According to the prosecution, the monies were used to support members of IS who were held in camps located in northern Syria and, in some cases, helped pay their escape.
The network was responsible for the collection of a total of 65,000 euros ($69,367) in funds.
According to the statements made by the prosecutors, the seven accused worked as financial middlemen and played a “central role” in the fundraising organization they were a part of.
The arrests were carried out as part of a nationwide operation against individuals who had given money to IS through the organization.
On Wednesday, approximately 1,000 law enforcement officers conducted searches at more than 90 locations across Germany.