Terror suspect group sends money to Palestinians

A Swedish foundation with alleged links to the Palestinian movement Hamas has sent money to the Palestinian territories, at the same time as authorities in Malmö are investigating allegations that it is involved in terrorist activities.

Prosecutors had last year frozen accounts belonging to Malmö-based al-Aqsa Spannmål, the Swedish branch of the al-Aqsa Foundation. But according to the foundation’s deputy chairman, Marwan el-Ali, the foundation has made payments during the spring using other bank accounts, Sydsvenskan reports.

Prosecutor Agneta Hilding Qvarnström told the same paper that she did not know about the more recent transactions, and that they had not been covered by the investigation.

The foundation is suspected of financing terror attacks by sending money to Hamas. Some 1.2 million kronor of assets were frozen in the autumn after three years of pressure from the United States. Spokespeople for the foundation claim that the money is used for humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.

Agneta Hilding Qvarnström said on Sunday that “in the not-too-distant future” she will make a decision on whether to prosecute or abandon the investigation.